Arsenal v Aston Villa team news
Arsenal boss Unai Emery will shuffle his pack following Thursday’s Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt when they face Aston Villa on Sunday.
Emery made seven changes from the team that threw away a two-goal lead against Watford last Sunday for the opening game of their European campaign and was rewarded with a strong performance.
Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all on target as the north Londoners recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over Frankfurt.
Having opened his account for Arsenal as well as provide two assists in Germany, 18-year-old Saka will hope to be involved again but could see his place go to record-signing Nicolas Pepe, who started Thursday’s game on the bench.
Bukayo Saka vs. Frankfurt.
A stunning performance by the 18-year-old. [@JA231007].
— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) September 20, 2019
The likes of Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mesut Ozil were rested for the midweek clash but could return at the weekend.
Sead Kolasinac limped off in Germany but Emery played down concerns about his fitness after the game, insisting he should be fit to face Villa.
Rob Holding will be hopeful of involvement following a long-term knee problem – but Alexandre Lacazette (ankle) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are missing, while Hector Bellerin (knee) and Kieran Tierney (groin) are not in contention despite stepping up their respective comebacks.
After back-to-back draws in the Premier League, Arsenal will hope they can get back to winning ways against an Aston Villa side who have lost the last six meetings against the Gunners, failing to score in five of those matches.
The Villans head to north London seeking their second win of the season and their first goal in three matches after drawing blanks against West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Dean Smith’s men failed to break down the 10-men of the Hammers in the second half of Monday’s draw but might have a little more luck against a team that has given away consecutive penalties in their last three Premier League matches.
Villa welcome back Trezeguet after a ban for their trip to the Emirates.
Matt Targett is also available following a hamstring injury and while James Chester is training again after his own hamstring trouble, he is not match fit.
Jonathan Kodjia is in non-contact training but is out for a number of weeks with a broken cheekbone.