Arsenal Plot The Villans downfall

Aston Villa hosts Arsenal in game-week 23 in the EPL and both teams will be hoping to bounce back from their midweek defeats when they meet and kick off the week at Villa Park on Saturday.

The host were put to the test by West-Ham United on their own turf in their last match, whereas Arsenal lost away to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday to record their first loss of the year 2021.

An early red card to David Luis for a miss-run on Willian Jose and a Penalty awarded, and which was scored by Ruben Neves, but the home team back in level terms after going a goal down to the gunners who scored through Nicolas Pepe, and afterward, Wolves could turn things around through a Joao Moutinho long-range drive which surprisingly beat goalkeeper Bernd Leno for the Wolves’ second goal of the night with Wolves increasing the pressure early in the second half.

Bernd Leno was given a red card in the second half after he came out of the yard to defend a ball and mistakenly used his hand to guide it close to his abdomen and he with all respect to law walked out even before the incident and its penalty was acknowledged.

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal

Date: Saturday 6th February

Time: 12:30 PM

Venue: Villa Park Stadium

Match Official: Chris Kavanagh

Arsenal had been on a 7 match unbeaten run {winning 5 and drawing 2} since boxing day in December last year and Arteta’s men could have wished for a good run after a draw with Manchester United over the weekend, and going into the game at Molineux stadium with hope to win, but the reverse happened as they had to play 2 men down.

Several Gunners players and fans took to social media to voice their pain and labeling Luis’ sending off as “unbelievable” but they cannot feel too sorry for themselves and keep their cool while also trying to take the win at Aston Villa to make sure that Tuesday night is put behind them, although, there is need for the F.A to check the crime records against Arsenal, which truly from the outside, is unfair.

Aston Villa could have counted or recorded a win over West-Ham as two times the Hammers goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez made two errors during the match in midweek but West-Ham still comfortably recorded a 3-1 win over the beleaguered Aston-Villa team.

Dean Smith could be facing a team fatigue test as he had consistently been in the use of his first-team players and this could cost him the match as a host of players like Ross Barkley and John McGinn have failed to produce their fruitful performances as shown against West-Ham and it will be expected that the boss makes some shuffling to his pack against Arsenal who also want to prove a point.

Arsenal’s Stars shine brightly

on how tough it is to put the Wolves defeat behind us…

“I don’t know how hard it is for everybody but we have to move on. We have a big game on Saturday and we need to go again. There are things to learn from the game, things we can’t control obviously and a lot of positives to take there, [so we must] move on, go for the next one and keep the momentum going.”

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

ASTON VILLA:

Villa have just two injury concerns as Wesley and Kortney Hause, but Dean Smith should still make some changes to his team for fear of fatigue as Anwar El-Ghazi was substituted for Bertrand Traore during the half time period against West-Ham, while new player Morgan Sanso can start in place of Ross Barkley.

ARSENAL:

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is suspended and new goalie Matt Ryan nursing a hip injury, Alex Runarsson can get his first Premier League to start for the Club when they face Aston Villa.

David Luis will have to be replaced and Gabriel Mangalehes could start for the gunners and try to cement his place in the starting lineup, Kieran Tierney may not feature for the Gunners this week as “he is nowhere near ready” during the week.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is back in the team now after facing some personal issues and should hopefully lead the side this week. There’s been concern about Emile Smith Rowe and he could be on the bench this week while Odegaard starts.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

ASTON VILLA:

Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Sanson, Grealish, Watkins.

ARSENAL:

Runarsson; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka, Saka, E. Smith-Rowe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

PREDICTION:

STATS:

Jack Grealish got his 12th Assist of the season making him the top Assister in the P.L

Only one point separates the two teams.

Aston Villa have won 3 out of the last 5 meetings between the two teams.

Aston Villa won the last meeting at the Emirates winning 0-3.

League Statistics:

Aston Villa: 9W 2D 7L

Arsenal: 9W 3D 8L

Average Goals/Match

AVL 1.83

ARS 1.3

Player Focus:

Anwar El-Ghazi

Jack Grealish (Predicted to Assist/Score}

Martinez

Bukayo Saka {Assist/Score}

Alexandre Lacazette {Assist/Score 6/10 chance}

Granit Xhaka

Nicolas Pepe.

PREDICTIONS:

Before the Red card incident, Arsenal could have scored more goals against Wolves and this shows that the Gunners are improving in their attacking effort, but comparing with a standard Martinez as the GK of Aston-Villa who may like to show some flings and display of his good talent to his former side, and to be honest, knowing Runarsson hasn’t been tested or given confidence in? I am sure that Arsenal would concede, on these, I’ll say a struggled win for Arsenal: Aston-Villa 12 Arsenal.

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola