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Aston Villa v Arsenal: Match preview

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Arsenal want top spot back. (©GettyImages)
Arsenal want top spot back. (©GettyImages).

Aston Villa play host to Arsenal on Monday evening in a rematch to the opening game of the season which saw a shock result for The Villains. 

Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Villa at The Emirates Stadium on the opening day which led to criticisms suggesting that their squad was too weak to challenge for the title and that investment was desperately needed.

However, the arrival of Mesut Ozil and a return to consistency for the Gunners means that three points can put them back to the top of the league.

The return of Olivier Giroud from illness will improve the chances of an Arsenal win following reports of an injury crisis emphasised by Theo Walcott's long-term lay off.

Paul Lambert will be hopeful that both Brad Guzan and Gabriel Agbonlahor can recover from minor injuries to feature in the game.

The Villains can move into the top half with a victory which will ease the pressure on Lambert after a difficult five months for the Villa boss.

Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all won at the weekend so Arsene Wenger will know how important it is that his side follow suit.

It would be the fifth consecutive victory for Arsenal if they were to prove too good for Aston Villa and the omens look promising.

The last time Arsenal failed to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park was 16 years ago when Dion Dublin popped up to score late in the game.

Extremely few would have predicted that Arsenal were to respond so well following that opening day defeat to Aston Villa but can history repeat itself tonight?

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