Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal EPL
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal

Arsenal beat Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup and next up they return to the Premier League taking on Aston Villa away from home.

Arsenal have won their last 7 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions and given the fact that the home side are fighting a relegation battle, no one really expects them to pick up anything from this match.

The Gunners are currently 10th on the Premier League table but a win against Villa will push them level on points with Wolves(temporarily) and with just one game to go, they would still have a good enough chance of qualifying for the Europa League next season.

Arsenal are the clear favourites to pick up a win but players like Jack Grealish can cause enough trouble to the Gunners backline in order for Dean Smith’s side to ensure that they still remain in the top division next season.

Arsenal team news vs Aston Villa:

Martinez has done more than a decent job in the absence of Bernd Leno and he will once again start in goal while Mikel Arteta opts for a three-man defensive line.

David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi started at the back vs Manchester City but the latter is expected to make way for Rob Holding while Kolasinac also comes into the starting XI.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have done really well in central midfield since the resumption and the pair will once again start at Villa Park while Lucas Torreira could come on as a sub in the second half.

Mesut Ozil’s career at Arsenal seems to be finished and he could once again be a miss due to his lower back injury.

With a 3-5-2 formation, Kieran Tierney will reprise his role as the left-wing back while Cedric Soares will start on the other side, given that Bellerin played the full 90 minutes on Saturday.

Gabriel Martinelli is ruled out for the remainder of the season meaning Lacazette should once again start upfront while Aubameyang is expected to be rested after his gruelling performance vs Man City.

If the Gabon international moves to the bench then it will be Bukayo Saka who will start on the left flank and Nicolas Pepe should get the nod to operate down the right-hand side of the pitch.

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