Welcome to our Aston Villa v Arsenal preview. On Monday, Aston Villa are visited by Arsenal in a Premier League Clash. Arsenal have reached the midpoint of the season in first place and will be looking to solidify their position as the league leaders. However one of their top players was injured in the weekend FA cup clash. This means they will now have to dig deep to keep up their title challenge. Villa manager, Paul Lambert, has recently come out and said that cups are not a priority to his team and that survival in England’s top division is the goal. So you can assume that he will be looking to get something out of this match.

Recent Form

In their last six Premier League games Villa have won one, drawn one and lost four. Arsenal have won three, drawn two and lost one.

Head to Head

In their last six games against each other, Villa have won only once (17%), drawing once (17%) and losing four (67%).

There has been a total of 18 goals, an average of 3 a game.

Goals Conceded

Arsenal are one point shy of doubling Villa’s tally for the season so far. This is clear from the difference in goals conceded, 18 to Villa’s 25.

In terms of goals scored, Villa are dwarfed again, with their 19 to Arsenal’s 39.

Team News

Aston Villa will be without key defender Jores Okore, who is out for 6 months with a ligament injury. They will also not have Chris Herd to call on. Ron Vlaar will be called upon to step up and ensure a solid defensive display.

Arsenal have a lot of quality players out injured. Most recently, Theo Walcott, who went off against Tottenham Hotspur. Ramsey, Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be out for the game. However the team can welcome back Giroud.

Conclusion

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