Aston Villa are in Premier League action in Saturday’s early kick-off as they look to bounce back from a disappointing midweek defeat against West Ham.
Dean Smith ’s men fell to a 3-1 loss against the Hammers, with Ollie Watkins ’ goal only proving to be a consolation.
Villa host Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal at Villa Park in the 12:30 kick-off, and will do the double over the Gunners for the first time in almost 30 years should they take three points from the game.
They came out as 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture thanks to a quickfire brace from Watkins and an own goal from Bukayo Saka.
Going into the games, the two teams are separated by just one point and one position in the table as both look to finish the campaign in the European places at the end of the season.
Smith doesn’t have too many injury concerns ahead of the encounter, with just two players ruled out of action through injury.
Here’s the latest from the treatment table at Bodymoor Heath.
Expected return date: N/A
What Smith has said: “Wesley’s not close yet, he’s been involved in non-contact training, still not in contact training yet.”
Any other information: Wesley has been out of action for over a year after suffering the injury in the 2020 New Year’s Day clash against Burnley.
Expected return date: “Kortney has had his scan and he’s got a problem with his foot, he’s going to be out for at least 4-6 weeks. It was a blow because he came in the team, played four games and was excellent.”
What Smith has said: March 13 (vs Newcastle)
Any other information : The defender’s last appearance came in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea back in December.
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Ross Barkley, Douglas Luiz and Anwar El Ghazi were all substituted against West Ham, but they were all tactical decisions and not injury-related.
Arsenal will definitely be without two players for the game with goalkeeper Bernd Leno and defender David Luiz serving one-match suspensions after their red cards vs Wolves.
Stand-in goalkeeper Mat Ryan is also a doubt for the game, he has however been pictured in training to give Gunners’ fans hope that he could make his debut.
Full-back Kieran Tierney is expected to miss the game through injury.