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  • December 21, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: J. Moss
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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Arsenal

The Midlands outfit should be able to welcome back Darren Bent to the starting lineup whilst the visitors again have to contend with a host of absences at the back.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
Albrighton, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia
Bent, Agbonlahor

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Miquel
 Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

Aston Villa was well beaten in its last game against Liverpool but should be able to welcome back Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent as it looks to end a poor in spell in front of goal that has yielded just two strikes in its last five Premier League games.

Injury-hit Arsenal is short of defenders with Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Bacary Sagna and Andre Santos all sidelined, so youngster Ignasi Miquel will be expected to play after featuring against Manchester City. Alex Song is unavailable as he is serving a suspension for picking up five bookings.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 2-1 win for the away side at Emirates Stadium.
  • Aston Villa has had 71 shots on target in the league this season, the fewest of all Premier League teams.
  • Before Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City in its last game, it had gone eight matches unbeaten, with seven being victories.
  • Robin van Persie has scored 33 goals in his last 33 games in the Premier League in 2011.
  • In the last 10 meetings between the sides, Aston Villa have only won once.
  • In the history of meetings between the sides, Abou Diaby (pictured right) is the top scoring current player with four goals – though he is some way behind Thierry Henry who has scored 10.

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Available Squads
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
13Stephen WarnockDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
33Andy MarshallGoalkeeper
19James CollinsDefender
-Derrick WilliamsDefender
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
14Nathan DelfounesoStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
27GervinhoStriker
1Manuel AlmuniaGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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