Arsenal’s final preparations for the Premier League clash against Aston Villa are complete.
The Gunners go into the game – the last before the international break – on the back of three straight wins across all competitions but are hoping to avoid back-to-back losses at home in the league.
Victory over Dean Smith’s side will move Arsenal level on points with London rivals Chelsea in the table and they could end the weekend in the top six if results go in their favour.
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Before the big Premier League game, Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff put the Gunners squad through their paces during a training session at London Colney on Saturday afternoon.
And there has been media footage released to get fans in the mood.
Here’s what we spotted from the video and those training pictures and what it tells us ahead of the game against Villa on Sunday evening.
Ozil and Saliba involved
Two players who have not featured at all for Arsenal this season in competitive fixtures are Mesut Ozil and William Saliba.
Neither has been named in the 25-man Europa League squad, while the former has also been left out of the Premier League squad which means he’s unavailable to face Villa tonight.
But both were involved in training on Saturday and may have caught the eye of Mikel Arteta in the process.
(L-R) William Saliba and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during a training session at London Colney (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Saliba staked his claim as the best one v one defender across the entire squad by timing a tackle to perfection to dispossess captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Meanwhile, Ozil was at his creative best throughout the session.
The 32-year-old claimed a couple of assists but was denied another when Alexandre Lacazette somehow missed the target from close range and just with the goalkeeper to beat.