Arsenal v Aston Villa match preview and score prediction

It must be Sunday because hopes are raised for a good Arsenal performance in the Premier League and today I feel those hopes are justified.

Arsenal bounced back from a terrible second half against Watford last weekend to register a morale-boosting 3-0 win in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt and I am confident the lads will use that game as a launchpad to gather some momentum starting with a win over Aston Villa today.

It is never easy to guess what sort of team Unai Emery will put out but I am expecting an attack-minded line-up and using attack as the best form of defence.

This is an ideal game for the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos to show their creativity and in fact, you can include Mesut Ozil in that as well.

Villa will be tough opponents but they will struggle to contain the Arsenal frontline and will be reduced to counter-attack football and so it is imperative that the Arsenal midfield and defence are on their game today, there cannot be any silly errors.

A lot will depend on what sort of midfield Emery puts out. The likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn have to be shackled or they will cause damage and so it is important that the likes of Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi do their jobs today or whoever Emery picks.

As long as the players do the basics of their jobs they will emerge the winners, they are not playing a top-six side and if they cannot beat the likes of Aston Villa at the Emirates then Arsenal is in far more trouble than any of us realised.

Predicted score

Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

23 Comments

  1. ThirdManJW says:

    3-2 win for us, and another shambles at the back. Unless Emery drops the under performers.

  2. NY_Gunner says:

    Villa are battlers. We have to match them in that sense, but we be more clinical with our shots and try our best to control the midfield… Not to mention tighten up or back line. COYG

  3. S.J says:

    With our rivals dropping points we should be able to pounce on the opportunity to get 3rd place.
    Anything other than a comfortable win today, then Emery should be sacked.

    Looking forward to his selection once again, though whoever we put up should be able to blow Aston Villa away

  4. 3-1 win! Aubameyang brace with Pepe completing the rout. A lapse in concentration from either Luiz or Sokratis to allow Villa a late consolation goal.

    1. navaal says:

      4-1 to the gunners… auba with a brace and pepe and saka completing the rout… own goal by that cake xhaka

      1. Godswill says:

        You think the coach will feature Saka? That man doesn’t know his team yet. Even after a year.

  5. Le Coq Monster says:

    Do not underestimate Aston Vanilla !
    I know a few still have stains in their pants from the Frankfarter game but it was only the Germans, we are playing an English team !…………….Two world Wars and one world cup against the farterland !…………what have they ever done ?…two pathetic attempts at world domination whereas Britain have had the greatest Empire ever !……….I feel emotional pride rising in my loins !
    So I predict a tight game where we edge it 7-0 !

  6. Truth says:

    I care more about who we play than about the result. Who we play might signal whether or not the manager is learning. If he continues to play the likes of Xhaka and Luiz and Sokratis etc that signals to me that we are in trouble and won’t develop as a team under this manager.

    If I see Chambers as CD and maybe even Holding and no Xhaka ion midfield and a strat to Ceballos in the middle with LT nest to him I would hold out hope that the manager had come to realize he can’t rely on the usual suspects.

    1. Truth says:

      Sorry for all the typos the wife was distracting me. 🙂

    2. Ade says:

      I care about the result, win!!! I don’t care about who play

  7. Roachie says:

    If we drop points today serious questions need to be asked….

  8. Osa's says:

    If we didn’t win comfortable today,Kindly sacked emery because we have conceded many shots,If we win 3-0 or 3-1,there is no problem but noticed emery,Try and avoid your children called Xhaka and Guendouzi in our starting XI today but if you insist of using them please Use Xhaka ahead of Guendouzi because two of them can’t start our match,If they do we are in big trouble Aston villa because No children in football again…Ceballos and toreirra must start.COYG

  9. Bora says:

    I have lost my hope in Emery taking us to greater standard since that last week horrow display.Having given me a whole season,it is now dawn on me that this coach is outdated and inept. Mark my words, even if we win this match, our opponent will still press and outplayed us.Despite beaten E. Frankfurt 3-0 but they still outplayed us at some stage. We have lost our possessive football under this man.

  10. Bora says:

    I have lost my hope in Emery taking us to greater standard since that last week horrow display.Having given him a whole season,it is now dawn on me that this coach is outdated and inept. Mark my words, even if we win this match, our opponent will still press and outplayed us.Despite beaten E. Frankfurt 3-0 but they still outplayed us at some stage. We have lost our possessive football under this man.

  11. Isaac says:

    U E is e reason we failed to qualify for champions leage….I don’t c him taking us anywhere……
    How can u play for e whole season n fail to find thebest eleven..just changing e team every now and then..I hear tactics.
    How can Goundozi start a head of Toreira .benched Laka n Toreira against Liverpool.I wonder what criteria he used to elect Xhaka a captain.no consistance at all in his display….scores a good goal against utd and makes in necessary fouls that costs a penalty to a team.

    We r in a loss

  12. Jim wall says:

    If emery plays a diamond formation again today were going to loose,
    Hope he plays this team.

    Leno
    Amn. Chambers Holding kolas

    Guddez. Torreer
    Cebballo
    Pepe. Auba. Saka

  13. Clueless Emery says:

    All the teams in EPL knows how to play us and get result.

    Just play and press hard against the gunners, they will succumb to pressure and fear will grib them. They will begin to play safe and pass the ball side ways. Run riot against the defence and they will soon commit funny errors. They have many error prone defenders and midfielders …

    This is how i will instruct my team against arsenal if i were a coach.

    Truth is, we are too predictable and that is why a weak team always look great when they play us.

    Emery has no winning tactics .

  14. Innit says:

    3-1 to Arsenal

    I feel positive today

    I don’t see us drawing or losing this afternoon

    I think we’ll have a good day today. And our first win by more than 1 goal

    I am happy with ANY win though. A win is a win and 3 points. All I want is 3 points

  15. Artsenal says:

    I Think man untd and Chelsea will drop points today,so it’s agolden chance to
    Capture the 3rd place with not less than five goals.

  16. ArseOverTit says:

    1-0 Arsenal. Villa own goal. ozil to sit on bench and Michael Owen to talk more bo##ocks.

    Polar ice caps to melt some more.

  17. Sue says:

    I’m nervous……

  18. Sue says:

    Come on you Irons!!!

  19. patH says:

    If we play like we did against Watford then we will end up losing. Grealish is not Kevin de Bruyner but he is very dangerous when given space. Man City gave Watford a right hammering and that put things in perspective as to our performance in that game. Villa will not be as easy as Watford should have been and they will give us a hard game. It depends on Emery’s selection and the players attitude to be 100% better than against Watford. !-0 and I will be overjoyed.

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