Arsenal vs Aston Villa
CHAMBERS, KOSCIELNY, PAULISTA, GIBBS,
WALCOTT, OZIL, ROSICKY,
WEIMANN, GIL, BACUNA,
RICHARDSON, CLARK, OKORE, HUTTON,
Arsenal are in good form; they have won their last four in all competitions while winning eight and drawing one of their last 10. The Gunners last lost at the Emirates Stadium in November, against Manchester United.
They have also beaten Villa 3-0 already this season, scoring all three goals within five starling first-half minutes at Villa Park. Interestingly, the last three Barclays Premier League clashes between these teams have been won by the away team, including last season when Villa won 3-1 in the opening game of last season.
Villa have a reasonable recent record at Arsenal in the Premier League. In their last eight visits, Villa have won three, drawn two and lost three. Overall, in 22 BPL visits, Villa have won five, drawn five and lost 12.
Villa will need to improve their league performances of late; they have won their last two games in the FA Cup, against Championship sides Blackpool and, last weekend, against Bournemouth.
But they have failed to win in any of their last seven league games, losing four, drawing three, dropping from 11th in the table to 14th, and currently sit just three points clear if the relegation zone.
Arsenal have lost only once at home this season, against United. Villa have won only three of their 11 away games and, worryingly for Paul Lambert's men, they have scored just four goals on the road, the fewest in the table. Their last away goal came in the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace in early December. Since then they have gone a total of 328 minutes - five hours and 28 minutes - without an away goal.
The Gunners could use new signing Gabriel Paulista, a PS13.5m signing from Spanish club Villarreal, at some stage.