Arsenal will be looking to make it fifteen years unbeaten at Villa Park as they search for a victory which would put them back on top of the Premier League.

It was in December 1998 that Dion Dublin snatched a late winner for Villa to secure a 3-2 win, and the home side will hope for a similar conclusion at full-time on Monday evening which would put them eight points clear of the bottom-three.

A win for Paul Lambert’s side would be their first double over Arsenal since the inaugural Premier League season in 1992/93. Belgian striker Christian Benteke scored twice at the Emirates Stadium in August, when Villa won 3-1, but since then has struggled for form and is currently 11 league games without a goal.

Arsenal fans booed at full-time that day, but things have turned around in North London. Wenger has masterminded a terrific Arsenal side to 45 points after 20 matches, which is the highest by them since 2007/08.

Their results on the road have been excellent as well, with Arsenal picking up 41 points on their travels last year - the most by any side during 2013.

Villa have struggled in-front of goal at home as well, not scoring in five of their last seven, whilst their opponents have scored in eight out of ten away games in the league.

Stopping the Gunners has been made a lot harder with the news that Villa defenders Ron Vlaar (calf) and Nathan Baker (hamstring) are both doubtful. They do however welcome back Ciaran Clark from suspension, as well as Brad Guzan and Gabriel Agbonlahor who have overcome minor injuries.

Arsenal can expect to have French striker Olivier Giroud available again after his back injury and illness, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be in contention for a return following his knee injury.

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