Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage as Villa look to arrest their mini wobble by beating Arsenal, a side who are directly below them in the Premier League table.
Dean Smith lamented “Sunday League” defending last time out in the bruising 3-1 home loss against West Ham, Villa’s fourth defeat from six.
The head coach will be looking for a bit more zip and all-round freshness from his players this afternoon as they come up against the Gunners who’ve taken 11 points from 18 available.
Arsenal, meanwhile, look set to have rookie Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson in goal with Bernd Leno suspended and Mat Ryan injured. David Luiz lost his red card appeal following their setback at Wolves. Kieran Tierney is sidelined.
As for Villa, Smith remains without Kortney Hause and Wesley for this one. New signing Morgan Sanson is yet to start for Villa with that perhaps changing this afternoon.
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