Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Preview, Preferred Line-up & Predicted Score

By on December 20, 2011

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Arsenal travel to Birmingham to face Aston Villa on Wednesday night looking to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat to Man City. The boys put in a great performance at the Etihad and gave them a run for their money and deserved something from the game, so plenty of positives came from the game.

Villa are not in great form and were pitiful on Sunday against Liverpool. They barely mustered a shot on goal and the Reds could have got 5 with ease. The villains weakest point this season surprisingly has been from set pieces, conceded 37% of their goals from dead ball situations. Fortunately for them set pieces are hardly Arsenal’s strong point!

There was bad news for Arsenal on the injury front with Kieran Gibbs suffering a set back in his recovery from a hernia operation. Arsene Wenger has hoped the 22-year-old would be fit to face Villa, but the set back combined with Johan Djourou’s injury means we’ll have to reshuffle once again at the back. Alex Song is also suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Prefered Line-up

With the problems at the back, i would like to see young Miquel given an opportunity at left back. I have a horrible feeling Arsene will go with ‘experience’ and play Squillaci in the middle with Vermaelen on the left though. The midfield will lose Song to suspension so hopefully Frimpong will be drafted in, but i would also like to see Ramsey given a breather and Benayoun given a rare start. Rambo has looked tired in recent weeks and needs rested after being out for so long with such a serious injury, plus Benayoun has always looked decent when he’s come on from the bench and deserves a start.

Szczesny

Koscielny     Mertesacker     Vermaelen     Miquel

Frimpong       Arteta

Walcott           Benayoun         Gervinho

Van Persie

Predicted Score

Villa Park is never usually an easy place to go, but if they play anything like they did against Liverpool at the weekend then this will be a comfortable win for The Arsenal. I can’t see Alex Mcleish allowing his side to come out with such a poor attitude as they did on Sunday though, so i expect a tougher test than the Scouse had, but we’ll have more than enough to come through. 2-0 to Arsenal.

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10 Comments

  1. XX

    December 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

    IF WE DO NOT BUT A STRIKER TO REPLACE CHAMAKH AND A WINGER TO REPLACE ARSHAVIN, OUR SEASON WILL IMPLODE. WENGER LET’S MOVE SOME DEAD WOOD OUT AND USE THE COFFERS TO SIGN DECENT QUALITY UP-FRONT.

  2. bc

    December 21, 2011 at 12:22 am

    If miquel is to play we.should play him in his best position at centre back. however the way squillaci was.laughing in training like u i think he.is.back in. you know he.was once a reasonable right back and kos a reasonable left back. Imo we should change the formation with frimmy and coq providing a defensive barrier in front of a back 3 with a 4 man attacking midfield behind rvp 3-2-4-1

    chez
    kos per tv
    Coq frimmy
    Theo arteta ramsey gervinho
    rvp

    almunia miquel rosicky benayoun park chamakh arshqvin

    • Titi

      December 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Mertesacker is too slow for us to play with 3 defenders

      • mas brow gunner

        December 21, 2011 at 3:18 am

        i think bc makes sense.. like brca we could floaded the midfield with our
        DM and without FB we dont hope to much our attack from koncielny or verma…

        this is brilliant we can try another options… in wenger we trust..!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Aussie Jack

    December 21, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Personally I`m happy to see you left Ramsey out of your line-up, he does nothing for me right now.

  5. Thorough

    December 21, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Perfect line up, but Miquel left bacl n Vermaelen central pls.

  6. Stephen

    December 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Starting line up.szchesny,kosl,miguel,per,verm,arteta,rosicky,bena,walcot,ger,vp.For sure Ramsey is costing us in last few games and shd look into this.

  7. Ayorbermy

    December 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

    We shud luk 4 a great squad against them not like using frimpong in mid-field rather we use rosciky

  8. SCORROH

    December 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Arsenal will definately take an upper hand against Aston Villa today. My prediction line is Arsenal 3 and Aston Villa 0.

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