Arsenal go into Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Aston Villa in fine form.
They recorded their first victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the league for 14 years last week, and followed that win up with another impressive display in the Europa League against Molde on Thursday.
Mikel Arteta’s side have conceded fewer Premier League goals than any other side this season (7) and look more solid defensively under the Spaniard.
Villa possess a number of quality players across their midfield including Douglas Luiz and Jack Grealish, the latter has been heavily linked with a the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal in the past.
Arteta is without Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Calum Chambers (knee) and Pablo Mari (ankle) for the game and is expected to make a number of changes from the match against Molde.
Hector Bellerin, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney will return to the defence, while Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny look likely to continue their fine midfield partnership which dominated the game against United last week.
Willian and Nicolas Pepe will be fighting for a place in the Gunners’ attack, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette all in contention to start upfront.