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ARSENAL VS ASTON VILLA

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

CECH, BELLERIN, KOCIELNY, GABRIEL, MONREAL, RAMSEY, ELNENY, SANCHEZ, IWOBI, WILSHERE,

GIROUD

VILLA (3-5-2)

AYEW, GESTEDE,

TONER, GANA, SANCHEZ, WESTWOOD, HUTTON, CLARK, LESCOTT, BACUNA,

BUNN

Another tense affair is anticipated for the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal should guarantee a top-four finish - and Champions League football again - and could still finish in second place behind Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City.

Currently on 68 points, two behind Tottenham, a win against relegated Aston Villa would put them out of the reach of fourth-placed Manchester City.

Spurs are already guaranteed a top-four finish but defeat at Newcastle United could see them drop to third in the final table.

There is also likely to be renewed calls for the departure of Arsene Wenger, who has been at the club for 20 years. Gunners' fans have become increasingly frustrated by their side's failure to live up to expectations, so this could prove to be a historic occasion.

Not that it means much to Aston Villa, who were relegated two weeks earlier and are now planning for the future in the Sky Bet Championship.