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Willock surprise start as Pepe unleashed – Reporters pick their Arsenal team vs Aston Villa

After winning at Old Trafford in the Premier League for the first time in 14 years, Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday where they face Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were disciplined and organised against Manchester United, further boosting their confidence in midweek following a Europa League victory over Molde to make it three wins out of three in the group stage.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows what to expect from Sunday’s opponents which will see Emi Martinez come up against his former side for the first time.

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“It is a really competitive side, they have played some very different matches with different approaches to certain matches, having some big results against big teams and after two defeats they need a win as well and they will show that right from the start I think.”

“I think they have a better understanding with the players. They’ve worked with the manager for longer. I think they recruited really well.

“They got Emi, they got a striker, they got Ross and Douglas Luiz who is a player who is starting to show us he is capable. He is a player that I know really well from my time and City and I think the time is benefiting them together. You can see what they are trying to do and they look really strong.”

football.london takes a look at which line-up Arteta should field against Villa.

Tashan Deniran-Alleyne – Football Writer

Mikel Arteta will have been given some food for thought following the 4-1 win over Molde.

As most of his regular starters got some much-needed rest on Thursday, I would expect the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey, and Hector Bellerin to all start against Villa.

With that said, Joe Willock’s last two performances – albeit in the Europa League – should place him in contention to get a surprise start in midfield.

If Villa sit deep and try to frustrate the hosts, Willock’s movement and willingness to get…