Aston Villa vs Arsenal team sheets

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Arsenal travel to high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League knowing that a win is the only outcome that fans and critics will believe is acceptable after the damaging defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the week.

However, Arsene Wenger will be well aware that his side will have to work extremely hard against a Villa side that have been so impressive so far this season.

The Gunners have won just once in the Premier League so far, with the last-gasp opening day win over Crystal Palace was followed by draw at Everton and Leicester City, before the exciting 2-2 tie with Manchester City last weekend.

Great start

Paul Lambert’s side are currently second in the Premier League owing to a very tight defence – they have conceded just one goal so far in the competition – and the most impressive performance from them came last week with a 1-0 win away at Liverpool.

There was some confusion ahead of kick-off with Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez was originally named in the starting XI, but it appeared to be an error and he was eventually named on the bench, swapping with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Here are the teams...


Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck.

Subs: Ospina, Coquelin, Diaby, Alexis, Rosicky, Wilshere, Podolski.

Aston Villa

Guzan, Senderos, Hutton, Clark, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson, Weimann, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Given, Bacuna, Okore, Sanchez, Grealish, Lowton, N’Zogbia.

Team news

Wenger has made several changes to the team that was so poor at Dortmund, with 19-year-old Hector Bellerin replaced by the returning Calum Chambers – the young Spaniard does not even make the bench.

Jack Wilshere is relegated to the bench after turning his ankle in Germany and Santi Cazorla comes in, which could see Mesut Ozil move back into the centre behind Danny Welbeck – swathes of Gunners fans have pleaded for this following the German’s poor start to the season.

Injury comeback

Abou Diaby returns to the bench in his next step of recovery from ruptured cruciate ligaments, but injury problems leave Arsenal without a single defender in reserve.

Alexis Sanchez joins Diaby on the bench, which some may see as a strange decision because of his goalscoring form in the last few games, though Wenger may have just been giving him a rest.

Meanwhile, Paul Lambert has had to deal with a virus running through his camp, though only Nathan Baker has been ruled out due to it. The young defender is replaced by Ciaran Clark in the only change from the win over Liverpool.

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