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Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Premier League – LIVE!

Villa have been one of the surprise packages after being promoted back to the top flight, collecting four wins from their opening six games – the highlight being a 7-2 thrashing of champions Liverpool.

As for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, they have won their last three games, including a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday.

After making changes for Arsenal’s Europa League win over Molde on Thursday, Arteta is expected to revert to the same starting lineup that beat United in Manchester.

There will also be a reunion in north London for Emi Martinez and his former Arsenal team-mates – though the Villa goalkeeper will be out to deny the Gunners three points.

With kick-off at 7:15pm GMT, follow all the action LIVE from the Emirates!

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Head to head (h2h) results

These two sides have met exactly 50 times in the Premier League era, with Arsenal claiming 27 wins to Villa’s nine, with 14 draws.

Last season, the Gunners edged the home fixture 3-2 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late free-kick, but lost 1-0 at Villa Park as Trezeguet’s first-half winner clinched a crucial three points for Dean Smith’s side in their fight against relegation.

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Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Villa

Villa have gone off the boil somewhat since those wins over Liverpool and Leicester, though it is worth noting that they have won both of their away League games so far this term.

Arsenal should be full of optimism after that morale-boosting win at Old Trafford and will be confident of avoiding back-to-back home losses in the top-flight.

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Arsenal predicted lineup

(3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Elneny, Partey, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang

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Arsenal team news

Mikel Arteta expects to have the same squad available as for the win over Molde, with the likes of Thomas Partey and Gabriel set to return after being rested in the week.

Reiss Nelson is carrying a minor knee injury that ruled him out of contention on Thursday, while Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) are still sidelined.

Calum Chambers, meanwhile, is building up his match fitness after a lengthy lay-off.

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa

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