With all of the teams around us winning yesterday, Arsenal know that nothing less than all three points will do against today’s visitors to the Emirates Stadium. And Aston Villa have been really struggling in the Premier League recently, with no wins and just a single measly goal from their last four league games.
But Arsene Wenger has got a few problems of his own to deal with, as a hamstring problem has left the manager without his star player Alexios Sanchez. So that makes the continued asbsence of two of our other forward players, Welbeck and Chamberlain, even more problematic.
So the return from injury of Walcott and Ozil could not have come at a better time for us and the England striker will start his first EPL game in over a year, with Giroud in the centre forward role. Both Cazorla and Ozil start so we will have to wait and se which of our play makers take the central role and which plays out wide.
Our new signing Gabriel comes straight into the squad and makes up a strong bench, especially in the defensive positions, with just Rosicky and Akpom as attacking options.
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Walcott, Cazorla, Ozil
Substitutes: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Akpom
Let’s hope for an early goal to settle the fans and players down and that could lead to a big score from the Gunners. But I would take a 1-0 win with a scrappy last minute winner.