English Premier League | Aston Villa vs Arsenal: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Arteta gives Tomiyasu injury update

Check out Mikel Arteta’s pre match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa. The Spanish manager gave an update on the Takehiro Tomiyasu injury situation.

Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Line-ups

Aston Villa


Arsenal Gunning for Top-4


While Steven Gerrard’s men were on top in phases against West Ham, he will be looking to improve his side’s ability to capitalise on those phases and control matches for extended periods. Villa put the Hammers under real pressure late on, but could not find a late equaliser.


Despite that loss, Villa still retain slim hopes of finishing in one of the European places. However, much will depend on teams above them dropping points. Following their loss against West Ham, a much bigger test awaits Gerrard’s men in the form of Arsenal.


The Gunners’ five game-winning run was halted by title-chasing Liverpool on Wednesday night at the Emirates. Despite the defeat in a game which was decided on fine margins, Arsenal proved that they are a side on the rise.


Arteta is expected to continue fielding his strongest side when they take on Aston Villa, as a top-four finish is far from certain. Arsenal remain in control of their own destiny in fourth position, one point ahead of Manchester United with two games in hand over them. The clash against Aston Villa will be a big test for Arteta and his players as they look to get back to winning ways.


Martinelli is getting more shots on goal, while his defensive contributions have also improved considerably. Slowly but steadily, the young forward is becoming the player who cannot be dropped, and the Brazilian will have another chance to cement his place in the side with a solid performance against Villa.

DPP Verdict

Aston Villa certainly have the attacking firepower to score goals against any team in the Premier League, let alone Arsenal. However, Steven Gerrard’s side have not been in the best of form at home in recent weeks. Arsenal have more at stake here in the clash as Mikel Arteta would like to head into the international break with the team in the top four. Villa may score the odd goal, but the Gunners are expected to be at their attacking best and get back on track after the setback against Liverpool.