Match Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa
Aston Villa are Arsenal’s last opposition of a truly disappointing 2015-16 Season, which had promised so much more for the Gunners. Although to be disappointed with Arsenal’s situation, you cannot help but think about how the fans of Aston Villa must feel right now!
This will be Aston Villa’s last game in the Premier League for at least a year so normally you’d expect that a relegated club would put up a fight as a means of send off, but I just can’t see it from the way that Villa have played this year. Arsenal should beat them comfortably (fingers crossed – not jinxing) so long as the game doesn’t have that ‘end of season’ feel to it, because Arsenal being Arsenal, we can always let our guard down.
Although Villa have nothing to play for, Arsenal on the other hand can still achieve second place in the league, if they win and Newcastle manage to beat Spurs at home. It is a possible scenario, however unlikely since Newcastle’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League was also confirmed this week.
In terms of team news, Arsenal’s only returnee is Mesut Ozil, who Wenger has confirmed is back in training. The usual suspects remain out of contention for the match. Obviously there will also be no Danny Welbeck this week, a big blow for both the Gunners and England.
Although Ozil has returned to training, if he is not entirely comfortable and at full fitness, I can’t see Wenger risking him for the whole 90 min when Ozil will be cautious about the Euros less than a month away. We can also expect to see Rosicky, Flamini and possibly Arteta in the match day squad too, as confirmed by Wenger, who we will be saying goodbye to this Sunday.
Therefore I would expect something along the following lines to be Arsenal’s match day squad this Sunday:
Bellerin Koscienly Chambers Monreal
Alexis Wilshere Iwobi
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott
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I can see Wenger giving Chambers some game time at centre back, whilst Wilshere may be given 60 minutes as a starter to show if he is fit enough to go to the Euros. The rest of the team remains the same, with Ozil possibly a starter if the midfield shuffles around a bit. Expect to see Flamini and Rosicky late on if The Gunners are in control, which they should be easily. I am going to push my luck and predict a training game and a score of 3-0 to the Gunners.
Last game of the season ladies and gents, make sure you show your support for the team, because even if you feel differently towards the club and the manager, the team still deserve a good and loud send off at the end of the season, before we see them return again in August.