Arsenal fans have had to endure an underwhelming transfer window in which the Gunners have only managed to land the signing of French U20 Yaya Sanogo.
Arsenal have failed to close deals on a number of high profile targets, while news of Luiz Gustavo opting to stay in Germany with Wolfsburg just adds insult to injury for Arsenal fans.
Not only that, but the Gunners are currently burdened with a number of injuries - Mikel Arteta being the latest on the injury table.
The Spaniard has had to undergo a scan, which has revealed the he will be sidelined for a around six weeks.
He will be sorely missed by Arsenal fans while Aaron Ramsey will likely have to fill in in a position that does not come natural to him.
Injury woes do not stop there, however.
Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal will both be watching from the stand with back injuries, highlighting the need for defensive backup.
With the pair injured, Arsenal will be in trouble should anything happen to the only four currently fit defenders.
Aston Villa on the other hand are far less blighted by injury prior to the opening day of the Premier League season.
Yacouba Sylla (twisted ankle) and Chris Herd (calf problem) are the only two players who will not be fit to play at the Emirates on Saturday.
One of a host of young players to arrive at the club this summer, 21-year-old Jores Okore, could be given his competitive debut this weekend should Paul Lambert deem him fit to play.
The Danish centre back has missed a large portion of Villa's pre-season with a hamstring injury and is lacking in match fitness.
Should they wish to achieve a good result to start their new Premier League campaign, Aston Villa will be relying heavily on star striker Christian Benteke.
The Belgian, who netted 23 goals for the club last season, ended all transfer speculation earlier this summer by withdrawing his transfer request and penning a new long-term contract.
The pressure will be piled on the youngster to perform again this year, especially with the recent departure of Darren Bent to Fulham.
Despite the injury problems and the failure to add a top name to their squad, I still believe that Arsenal will edge this tie 2-1 in a close encounter.
Villa narrowly avoided the drop last season and I think they have still got a lot of work to do if they are to challenge for a decent, mid-table place.
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