Aston Villa v Arsenal [Team Sheets]

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna; Gana, Veretout, Sanchez; Sinclair, Gestede, Ayew.

Subs: Bunn, Clark, Westwood, Traore, Gil, Lyden, Grealish


Arsenal XI: Čech, Bellerín, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Özil, Flamini, Campbell, Ramsey, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi


It’s very much the case of master vs apprentice, when Remi Garde’s Aston Villa host Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side at Villa Park on Sunday.

Villa’s newly appointed boss played under the Frenchman at Arsenal, and fans of the midlands side will hope that their manager learnt a thing or two about the Gunners boss, which could be used to their side’s advantage.

The Villains are still bottom of the table, and are currently eight points from safety. But Villa will come into the game with some confidence following last week’s well earned draw with Southampton.

Aston Villa’s team news makes for some very interesting reading as Jack Grealish has not been recalled to the starting XI, despite rumours he might be.

Arsenal come into today’s match on the back of a famous victory away at Olympiakos on Wednesday, a result that secured qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Despite rumours earlier on today, Arsenal talisman Mesut Ozil has not been left out of the starting XI for the fixture at Villa Park, whilst Olivier Giroud leads the line again for the Gunners following his hat-trick in midweek.