It's finally upon us - another season is about to begin.
Every team will start from scratch, lined up evenly at the line.
Who will hold their run perfectly to the finish? Manchester United? Manchester City? Chelsea? Arsenal? Or will it be an underdog, perhaps a Newcastle? Or even Everton? After matchday one, we’ll all have a better idea.
The Gunners will grace the Emirates for their first match of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, with many people interested to see how an Arsenal side with ultimately no new faces, come up against Aston Villa, who are lead by the dangerous Christian Benteke.
Past Meetings between the two:
23rd Feb 2013 – Arsenal 2 - 1 Aston Villa
24th Nov 2012 – Aston Villa 0 - 0 Arsenal
24 March 2012 – Arsenal 3 - 0 Aston Villa
29 Jan 2012 – Arsenal 3 - 2 Aston Villa
You can see from the previous meetings that the matches are often close, with exception to the 3-0 win to Arsenal in March of 2012. It’s either been a one goal win to Arsenal or a draw.
This time around, anything can happen. The first day of the season always offers plenty. This time last season Arsenal played out a frustrating 0-0 draw against Sunderland at the Emirates. Lets hope they aren’t frustrated again.
For Arsenal, there’s no doubt that if Santi Cazorla hits his passes, they’ll win. This man singley won the match for Arsenal last time around, scoring a classy brace. If he continues his form from last season, they’ll score a few goals.
For Villa, it has to be the man of the moment, Christian Benteke. He saved Villa from relegation last season, scoring around 16 goals to secure another season in the top flight. Surprisingly, he hasn’t been prized away from Villa Park, considering many top teams were seriously considering him, one of which being Arsenal.
It’s going to be a tight game, but I think at home, with the crowd, and a solid pre-season, Arsenal will continue to attack and get reward.
Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 0
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