Arsenal face a home tie against lowly Aston Villa on Sunday, and this is he sort of game that the Gunners cannot afford to drop points in as the race for the Top Four hots up. Man United, who currently hold the coveted Fourth place are nearly guaranteed three points on Saturday in their match against bottom club Leicester, while our local rivals Tottenham have a harder game away at West Brom, but if both of them win we will be back down to sixth ahead of our game on Sunday afternoon.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are on fire for the Spuds and both scored again as Tottenham won through to the League Cup Final in midweek, so we have every reason to worry about the threat to the Wenger trophy from Mauricio Pochettino`s side. It is imperative that we move back above Spurs before we hike across London to White Hart Lane next Saturday morning.
Villa may lie just three points above the relegation places but Arsenal fans wll certainly not forget their last visit to the Emirates where they beat us 3-1 on the opening day of the last campaign, so we have no reason to be complacent, especially as are likely to be without our Mr. Duracell (Alexis) in attack. Thankfully we now have an in-form Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, and the returning stars of Walcott and Ozil back in contention to fill the gaps.
Considering we beat Villa 3-0 in the away fixture we should have far too much firepower for them back at the Emirates, but with one eye on the Spurs game next week we need to gain even more confidence with a clear win on Sunday….