Unai Emery's side let Watford snatch a point off them previously, and are sure to be wary of the Villans managing a similar trick.
Dean Smith saw his team play out a goalless encounter with West Ham previously, but he will know that a shock win against the Gunners will go a long way towards strengthening their claim to avoid a relegation dogfight.
|Game||Arsenal vs Aston Villa|
|Date||Sunday, September 22|
|Time||4:30pm BST / 11:30am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched on NBC Sports Gold. It is however not available to stream.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports Gold||N/A|
In the UK, the match will not be broadcast on television. It will however be available to stream through Aston Villa's official channel, AVTV.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Leno, Martinez, Macey|
|Defenders||Sokratis, Chambers, Luiz, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mustafi|
|Midfielders||Ceballos, Torreira, Ozil, Guendouzi, Willock, Xhaka, Smith Rowe|
|Forwards||Aubameyang, Pepe, Nelson, Martinelli|
Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka.
|Position||Aston Villa squad|
|Defenders||Taylor, Konsa, Targett, Engels, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Hause, Mings|
|Midfielders||Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Lansbury, Grealish, Hourihane, El Ghazi, Jota, Nakamba|
|Forwards||Wesley, Davis, Trezeguet|
Aston Villa starting XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor; Nakamba, McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi, Trezeguet; Wesley.
Betting & Match Odds
Arsenal start as favourites at 2/5 with bet365 . Villa are available at 6/1, while the draw can be backed at 4/1.
Having notched up consecutive domestic draws to set some alarm bells ringing, Arsenal will be determined to pick up a first Premier League win in over a month when they welcome Aston Villa on Sunday.
One face yet to show his promise is Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe, whose record signing has so far delivered minimum returns for the club.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Emery assured reporters that they expect more to come from the French-born star , stating that he needs to change faster to meet the demands of the game at the Emirates Stadium.
"He needs more adaptation," the Spaniard stated . "He is playing good but progressively we know there is going to be more performance in him to help us and I want to do now quickly the last step in the adaptation for us, for example, against Aston Villa.
'We are working with him first for that adaptation.
As for Villa, they will be looking for a second win of the season, or at the very least a third clean sheet in their last four games.
Dean Smith's side have shown plenty of promise to suggest they could re-establish themselves as regulars at the top table of English football.
New signing Marvelous Nakamba was one of the influx of fresh faces brought in with the aim of preserving their top flight status and, following his Premier League debut against West Ham, says that he feels the team can only improve from here on in.
"It's been a case of so far, so good. It’s been fantastic," the Zimbabwean told the club's official site . “Everyone is helping me to settle, I’m pushing myself as well. My team-mates have done everything to make me feel good, too.
“There is always room for improvement and it can get better. But I feel good, I’ve had the experience of my debut. Given the opportunity, I will tell myself to give everything every time, in football there are no limits, There is always room for improvement."