Arsenal need no introduction when it comes their brilliant brand of football but after making ‘the best summer signings’ according to Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, the Gunners still haven’t managed to make quite the impression on the league they would have wished.
A rather paltry record of one win and three draws leaves Arsenal languishing in 7th place heading into this weekend, yet they are, like Aston Villa, still undefeated. Villa have began their campaign with an impressive three wins and a draw, most notably beating Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield last weekend.
Paul Lambert and Roy Keane will aim to keep the notion of not conceding as their premise for success. However, after a dismal display against Dortmund in the Champions League midweek, it should be Arsenal we expect to come out fighting, in the hope that they finally put some winning points on the board.
Jack Wilshere has recovered from a twisted ankle sustained in Germany and Calum Chambers is also in the squad after recovering from a bout of Tonsillitis. Ron Vlaar could be a doubt for Villa after picking up a calf strain and Christian Benteke is still absent through injury, although the Belgian forward did return to full training this week.
Arsene Wenger’s side need to begin delivering the type of performances that will gain them enough points to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea if they’re to have any thoughts of winning the title. Unfortunately, their current defensive crisis and lack of firepower up front don’t bode well for a tough away day at Villa.
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