Arsenal will look to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches in a row when they welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates Stadium tonight.
The North London side left it late to rescue a point against Crystal Palace on Monday night, while Villa was stunned by a late Wolverhampton Wanderers comeback in the West Midlands derby.
Patrick Vieira’s North London return was almost a joyous affair for the Invincibles captain on Monday, as his Crystal Palace side dominated proceedings at the Emirates stadium and struck through Christain Benteke and Odsonne Edouard after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.
However, Alexandre Lacazette – who was Arsenal’s most outstanding player on the night in his 25-minute cameo – was on hand to smash home the equalizer with virtually the last kick of the game in a 2-2 draw, with Mikel Arteta’s blushes being spared by the soon-to-be free agent.
While the Gunners have now gone undefeated in five consecutive Premier League games and six across all competitions, the same old questions were asked once again following Monday’s underwhelming display, which has left Arteta’s side 12th in the rankings after eight matches.
Arsenal has lost just one of their last six Premier League games at the Emirates, though – taking seven points from the last nine on offer at home – but they have suffered back-to-back defeats in their two most recent Friday fixtures without scoring a single goal.
Arsenal continue to cope without Granit Xhaka for the next couple of months, while Bukayo Saka was taken off at halftime against Palace after taking a nasty kick to the back of the leg from James McArthur who was controversially only punished with a yellow card.
Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, and Emile Smith Rowe could all keep their places in midfield if that is the case, with Albert Sambi Lokonga also restored to the starting eleven to partner Partey in the midfield despite his mistake for Palace’s second after Partey lost the ball for Benteke’s first on Monday.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
GK Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang, Lacazette
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