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Arsenal will travel to the Midlands to face Aston Villa from kick-off on Saturday, hoping to avenge their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Dean Smith at Emirates Stadium in November.

The Villans rioted that day thanks to an own goal scored by Bukayo Saka and the late brace from Ollie Watkins.

After winning at Old Trafford the week before, Mikel Arteta’s side were brought down to earth and as a result of the loss the Gunners have not won any of their next six Premier League games.

Arsenal fell to nine men at Wolves on Tuesday and despite their header and impressive appearance, they continued to lose to Nuno Espirito Santo.

Aston Villa entered this one after a home loss inflicted by West Ham and will undoubtedly seek to turn things around against North Londoners.

Aston Villa v Southampton FC - Premier League
The meeting will take place at Villa Park, the home of the Lions | Clive Mason / Getty Images

What time is the kick-off? 12:30 GMT
Where is it played? Villa Park
TV channel: BT Sport 1
Arbitrator: Chris Kavanagh
VAR: David Coote

Bernd Leno
Arsenal will be without Bernd Leno who was sent off in Wolves loss earlier this week | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

After their midweek loss, Aston Villa has no further injury issues. Kourtney Hause is still sidelined due to an injury he sustained last month and will not be available. Forward Wesley is still out with a knee injury.

Arsenal will be deprived of their first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno and David Luiz due to a suspension after the duo were fired at Wolves. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available after taking over on Tuesday after an absence for family matters. Kieran Tierney is expected to be out due to injury and Maty Ryan is a doubt. Pablo Mari could return to the squad.

Aston Villa: (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; Grealish, Barkley, Traoré; Watkins

Arsenal: (4-2-3-1): Runarsson; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cédric; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette

Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1-3 West Ham United (3/2)
Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa (30/1)
Burnley 3-2 Aston Villa (27/1)
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United (23/1)
Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa (20/1)

Arsenal

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal (2/2)
Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United (30/1)
Southampton 1-3 Arsenal (26/1)
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal (23/1)
Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United (18/1)

Mohamed Elneny, Ollie Watkins
Arsenal v Aston Villa – Premier League | Visionhaus / Getty Images

The Gunners have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and, despite losing the game to Molineux, will have been encouraged by how they dominated their opponents ahead of David Luiz’s red card.

Dean Smith’s side, although they lost to a fit West Ham earlier this week, have proven themselves capable of competing with the best teams in the league and will no doubt refer to their victory against Arsenal in November.

Arsenal enter this one in better form, but the absence of Bernd Leno, who was nominated for the League’s Player of the Month award with Kieran Tierney, certainly weakens the Gunners.

It’s an extremely difficult game to follow, but with Arsenal in slightly better form, if they can play with the intensity and balance they did during the first half at Wolves and avoid the same issues. discipline, it should be a narrow victory for the Gunners. .

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

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