Arsenal v Aston Villa : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 22-10-2021 6:13 am (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 22-10-2021 06:13 AM (1 month ago)

Date: Friday 22nd October, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Referee    Craig Pawson (England)
Goal Scorer:
Team News

Mikel Arteta will have to make crucial decisions based on which of his players are absent for the Villa clash. The big blow could be the possible absence of Bukayo Saka, who is yet to recover fully from that James McArthur kick. The manager confirmed his absence from training during the week, which more or less rules him out for Friday. He did appear in the latest training pictures, but might not be fully fit.

Granit Xhaka continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury and remains out at least until the new year. His absence has created a problem for Arteta to get his midfield partnership right. So far, the central players have struggled, which may prompt him to make further systematic changes.

Albert Sambi Lokonga, despite his high profile error against Palace, remains in contention to start alongside Thomas Partey in a double midfield pivot. Alternatively, Arteta could begin with the same system against Villa, with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard in midfield alongside the Ghanaian.

The latter system allows the attackers to play with more freedom but puts too much pressure on Partey as the lone holding midfielder. The presence of Lokonga could allow a more balanced midfield, although we reckon it will again be a midfield three with the emphasis placed firmly on attacking football.

Alexandre Lacazette, who played such a vital role since coming off the bench against Palace, is in line to start on Friday. He could move centrally, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be shifted on the left side. Gabriel Martinelli also impressed off the bench but is likely to remain there. Despite having an abysmal game on Monday, Nicolas Pepe could continue in the lineup from the right side.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Smith-Rowe; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Aston Villa
Dean Smith will have an almost full squad at his disposal against Arsenal. How he tinkers through his starting lineup is anybody’s guess. In recent games, Villa have played cautiously, with Smith choosing to keep some of his high profile attacking players on the bench.
Emiliano Buendia is getting back in favour of starting after sitting a few games on the bench. He could be in line for a start at the Emirates, with Smith likely to retain his two strikers on the front. Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins will be eager to continue their growing partnership as the front two.

Doubts over Emiliano Martinez and Douglas Luiz were banished last weekend when they started in the Wolves game against all odds, having had under 24 hours since returning from South America. Meanwhile, Leon Bailey, who starred and then suffered an injury against Everton, is reportedly passed fit, although we suspect he might not be risked from the start.

Trezeguet remains the only sure absentee for this game. Morgan Sanson could be involved, probably from the bench, which could mark his long-awaited return to Premier League football.

Smith could retain the shape of his squad with a back three the likely formation for Friday. Axel Tuanzebe could keep his place at the heart of the defence. Matty Cash, who was forced off with a dead leg, is expected to be fit and take his place at right wing-back.

Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Martinez; Konsa, Tuanzebe, Mings; Cash, McGinn, Luiz, Targett; Buendia; Watkins, Ings
Key Stats

    Arsenal have tasted back-to-back defeats in games played on a Friday night, scoring no goals in those clashes.
    Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games.
    Arsenal have suffered one defeat in their last six games at the Emirates
    Aston Villa have kept a clean sheet in their previous three matches against Arsenal in all competition, winning those clashes.
    Aston Villa have lost three of their four away games in the Premier League this season.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

Posted: at 22-10-2021 06:13 AM (1 month ago) | Hero


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