Arsenal vs Aston Villa prediction: How will the Premier League fixture play out tonight?

Arsenal host Aston Villa on Sunday evening with the Gunners in a buoyant mood following their win at Old Trafford a week ago.

A penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended Arsenal’s abysmal run of 29 league games without a win away at top-six opposition.

However, Aston Villa are hoping to win consecutive league games against the Gunners for the first time since 1998.

Emi Martinez returns to north London following his summer move to Villa, and he’ll be tasked with keeping the likes of Aubameyang and co. quiet.

Here’s everything you need to know before the match.

When is it?

The fixture will kick-off at 7:15pm GMT at the Emirates Stadium.

How can I watch it?

The match will be televised on Sky Sports Box Office on a pay-per-view basis.

What is the team news?

Mikel Arteta will welcome back Thomas Partey, Gabriel and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the starting side after earning a rest for the Europa League. Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli both remain out, while Reiss Nelson may not be fit in time for Sunday.

Dean Smith will be without Bertrand Traore, who suffered a groin injury in the home defeat to Southampton. The summer signing may return to action after the international break, alongside Tom Heaton. Wesley is out whilst Kortney Hause is a doubt for the trip to north London.

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Thomas, Elneny, Saka, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins

Odds

Arsenal: 4/6

Draw: 3/1

Aston Villa: 4/1

Prediction

Arsenal defeated Man United a week ago in what was a statement victory. It is refreshing to see the Gunners compete with the top sides again, but their form against teams that they should beat has slipped. Aston Villa could get a goal or two here on the counter, but Arsenal do have the best defensive record in the league. 2-0 Arsenal.

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