Arsenal welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates on Friday, with both teams looking to jump up the table after a steady start to their respective Premier League campaigns
The Gunners needed a last-minute equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette to avoid defeat and salvage a 2-2 draw against Patrick Vieira’s side at the Emirates on Monday evening.
Dean Smith’s side are currently 13th in the table, one place below Arsenal, after taking 10 points from their opening eight Premier League fixtures.
Villa suffered a devastating 3-2 home defeat against local rivals Wolves on Saturday, conceding three goals in the final ten minutes to gift Bruno Lage’s team all three points.
Villa will be hoping to inflict more misery on Arsenal, although Arteta’s players are unbeaten since August and showed plenty of spirit against Palace.
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What time is Arsenal v Aston Villa?
Kick-off is at 8pm on Friday.
It’s the first Premier League game of the weekend.
Arsenal have lost their last three league games against Villa, scoring none and conceding five.
What channel is it on?
Sky Sports will televise the game, with coverage beginning at 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
Subscribers will also be able to watch the action via the Sky Sports app and website.
Live radio commentary will available on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa odds
Odds are supplied by Grosvenor Sport and they are subject to change.
- Arsenal 10/11
- Draw 13/5
- Aston Villa 3/1
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Arsenal vs Aston Villa team news
Bukayo Saka is an injury doubt for Arsenal after being on the end of a nasty challenge from Palace midfielder James McArthur on Monday.
The England winger was forced off at half-time and is currently being assessed but could feature against Villa, although Granit Xhaka will play no part.
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The Swiss midfielder is still nursing a knee complaint he sustained against Tottenham last month and isn’t expected to return to action until the end of December.
Villa manager Smith, meanwhile, has several selection issues. Bertrand Traore, Matty Cash and Leon Bailey all have muscle problems but could feature against the Gunners.
Trezeguet and Keinan Davis are continuing to recover from their respective knee injuries, yet the latter is nearing a return to fitness.