Arsenal v Aston Villa Confirmed Team News & Predicted Line-up
This evening, Arsenal will welcome Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in an effort to maintain our unbeaten start to the season.
This season, the Gunners have already dominated Fulham, Leicester, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and Leicester, with the latter game seeing us overcome a 1-0 deficit to win all three points in spite of some improvised alterations to our lineup.
Sadly, neither Thomas Partey nor Oleksandr Zinchenko are anticipated to join the team today, according to manager Mikel Arteta, after we were forced to play without them over the weekend.
When questioned about the pair’s potential involvement during yesterday’s pre-game news conference, he said to Arsenal Media, “I don’t believe so. To determine the length, we still need to perform another scan, particularly on Thomas, but I don’t believe they will be made accessible. Though presumably not as terrible, it is a comparable spot to the one that prevented Partey from playing last season.
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The Athletic first stated that Mo Elneny would be out for a few weeks or months, but it was also reported yesterday. The manager was not questioned about the injury, so it’s probable that Sambi Lokonga will make his first start of the year.
Even though I’m eager to watch Emile Smith Rowe in action, I feel that Martinelli and Martin Odegaard have already played too significant a role for us, so I don’t anticipate ESR to show up today unless one or both of them is considered to be in need of a break.
Tomiyasu is another player that might enter the lineup, potentially ahead of Lokonga or in lieu of one of White or Saliba, depending on the manager’s inclination. This would allow us to play five at the back.