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Arsenal XI vs Aston Villa: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup, injury latest for Premier League game today

The Gunners are likely to face a huge challenge against former manager Unai Emery

Arsenal could well name an unchanged side for today’s high-profile trip to face Aston Villa in the Premier League.
The Spaniard said on Friday morning that he has no fresh injury concerns after the Gunners’ dramatic last-gasp win at Luton on Tuesday night.

Arsenal beat the plucky Hatters 4-3, with Declan Rice scoring with virtually the last kick of the game in the 97th minute.
Manager Mikel Arteta is currently short on defensive options as Takehiro Tomiyasu limped off last week against Wolves with a calf injury.

He is expected to be out for four to six weeks ahead of the AFC Asian Cup, which is a blow as Arsenal are already without Jurrien Timber for many more months.
Thomas Partey is someone who could fill in at right-back, but Arteta has said that he will struggle to be back playing by Christmas.

 

He’s getting a very good evolution in the injury, but it’s a bit early for the time frame,” said Arteta.
“That would be incredibly fast if he is able to do that [and be back for Christmas].
“We’re going to have to wait. We are quite short, with five key, key players not being available for us now for a period of time. But we have to continue.”
Arsenal also remain without midfielders Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira against Villa, where Arteta himself will be missing from the touchline.

Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

Aston Villa are in excellent form, particularly at home, and will be on a major high having beaten Manchester City last time out. Unai Emery will also be keen to get one over on his former employers.

Mikel Arteta will know that his side have to be at their best to stand any chance of earning all three points at Villa Park. His power to influence proceedings during the match will be limited too, as he will be serving a touchline ban for this fixture.

Before taking his place in the stands at Villa Park, though, the Spanish coach must pick his team for this Premier League clash.

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