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  • March 24, 2012
  • • 11:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Aston Villa

Alex McLeish's side heads to the Emirates on the back of only one win in seven matches to face Arsene Wenger's team, but the the Villains are unbeaten in the past three games.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs
Gervinho, Arteta, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Ramsey

Van Persie
ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock
Albrighton, Petrov, Bannan, N'Zogbia
Ireland
Agbonlahor

Arsenal has no new injury worries to contend with for the clash against Aston Villa, so expect Arsene Wenger to rotate slightly after facing a tough Everton side just three days previously.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho may come in with Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky relegated to the bench.

Jack Wilshere (ankle), Abou Diaby (hamstring), Sebastian Squillaci (groin) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) are nearing a return to fitness, but are not expected to make a comeback before the end of March.

For Alex McLeish, along with Darren Bent being sidelined for the remainder of the season, defenders Richard Dunne (collar) and Ciaran Clarke (knee) will occupy the treatment table until early April.

Unfortunately, McLeish does not have the same squad depth that Wenger enjoys, so the more-or-less the same side who beat Fulham 1-0 last time out could feature. Barry Bannan replacing the inexperienced Chris Herd in the center of midfield could be the only change.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The two sides met in the FA Cup in January (pictured right) when Arsenal came from two goals down to win 3-2.
  • Mikel Arteta has the most attempted passes in the Premier League with 1892.
  • Arsenal’s last defeat at the Emirates was the 2-1 loss against Manchester United in January.
  • Aston Villa’s last away victory was in the same weekend, against struggling Wolves.
  • In its last six meetings, Aston Villa has won just once against the Gunners.
  • Aston Villa has managed just one win from its last seven outings in all competitions, but is unbeaten in its last three.
  • The two sides have faced each other 183 times, with Arsenal victorious 74 times, compared to Aston Villa's 65, and 44 meetings ending all square.
  • Robin van Persie is the league's leading scorer, notching 26 goals so far this season.
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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
28Kieran GibbsDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
3Bacary SagnaDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
27GervinhoStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
11Andre SantosDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
13Stephen WarnockDefender
19James CollinsDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
43Eric LichajDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
46Barry BannanMidfielder
38Gary GardnerMidfielder
40Samir CarruthersMidfielder
10Andreas WeimannStriker

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