High flying Arsenal travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa who are hoping to escape relegation this season on Tuesday night. 18th placed Aston Villa host 10th place Arsenal in a must win game for the Villains if they are to remain in the Premier League for 2020/2021 season.
Arsenal are in high confidence at the moment. The Gunners defeated two defending Champions in the space of four days.
First, Arsenal had a shocking victory over newly Crowned Premier League Champions Liverpool, 2-1 at the Emirates then they went on to produce another masterclass on Saturday, defeating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Semi Final of the FA CUP at wembley.Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s brace on Saturday, led the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over a star studded Manchester City side against all odds.
Aston Villa played a disappointing draw in their midweek fixture against Everton at the Goodison Park. Defender, Ezri Konsa strike in the 72nd minute boosted the Villains chances of surviving relegation until they were stunned by Theo Walcott’s equalizer in the 87th minute. Dean Smith and Villains watching at home were heart broken.
Aston Villa will be without the services of Wesley, Thomas Heaton and Bjorn Engels, all three players were ruled out earlier in the season with a long term injury.
Neil Taylor is expected to miss Tuesday game as he is out with a hamstring injury. Kortney Hause faces a lit fitness test to determine if he have recovered from an abdominal injury.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Reina; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, Hourihane, McGinn; Trezeguet, Samatta, Grealish
Mikel Arteta is expected to make changes to the team that defeated Manchester City on Saturday. Edddie Nketiah is available for selection after serving a three games ban he recievd from the red card collected in the game against Leicester City.
Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are all out for the season with injury.Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta drama continues to unfold as the German Midfielder is unclear is he would be selected for the game.
French youngster Matteo Guendouzi is unlikely to be selected as he is currently being disciplined by Arteta. Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin; Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe
Arsenal have picked up form in their last five games. Only Spurs defeated the Gunners since losing to Brighton in their second game in the restart of the Premier League.
Arsenal have gone on to win three games in a row, unluckily draing wih Leicester before they lost to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.Last week was special for the London based club as manager Mikel Arteta guided his team to a shocking 2-1 victory over champions Liverpool.
Aston Villa have been shambolic since the restart of the league. Just one in eight games, the Villains poor form is the reason they are in the relegation zone.
The Victory over Crystal Palace was the first time Aston Villa were getting three points since defeating Watford in January. In their last five Premier League games, Aston Villa has lost three games on the bounce, drawn two and won just one game.
Villa Premier League form: DLLLWD
Arsenal Premier League form: WWWDLW
Arsenal looks to have regained confidence after defeating Liverpool and Manchester City on the bounce, the Gunners should easily win this.
Aston Villa don’t look motivated enough in other to challenge Arsenal and fight for a place in the Premier League next season. Aston Villa 0 – 2 Arsenal.
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