Arsenal vs Aston Villa Live Stream and Highlights
Arsenal vs Aston Villa Preview:
Date: February 23, 2013; Time: 3:00 PM GMT;
Venue: Emirates Stadium — London.
The Gunners will try to rehabilitate after cup defeats at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger’s team will play against struggling Midlands in need of three points to close down to the last Champions League spot, while Paul Lambert’s team is in one points from a relegation slip.
Arsenal stands 5th in the Premier League with 44 points from 26 games, having 12 wins, 8 draws and 6 losses so far this season. It leaves them 4 points behind of the 4th and final Champions League place. Their current form has seen 1 draw, 2 wins and 2 straight defeats from last five games in all competitions. Last five home fixtures the Gunners have finished with the same stats. But, they have been in good form domestically winning 3 of their last 4 games at home. At home they were defeated by Blackburn in the FA Cup and by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Aston Villa goes 17th in the EPL with 24 points from 26 games, winning 5, drawing 9, and losing 12 so far this season. They are just 1 point ahead of the relegation zone and could be involved in a real fight for their survival in the EPL. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats from last five games. Last five far away from home games the Midlands have finished with 3 draws and 2 defeats. But, they got a very important 2-1 victory over West Ham last round, which took them out of the relegation zone.
Arsenal will play without Bacary Sagna case he is injured after the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek. Carl Jenkinson should replace him at right-back. Kieran Gibbs still remains sidelined, so Nacho Monreal will play at left-back. He was cup-tied in the Champions League, so Arsenal will have fresh legs. Per Mertesacker will probably play alongside Thomas Vermaelen at the centre-back. Olivier Giroud could start from the first minutes. Also, Abou Diaby is in fit and could start on the bench.
Paul Lambert could count on Charles N’Zogbia. After his recovery, he could start from the bench. Richard Dunne has suffered a set-back in his recovery, so he is out as Chris Herd. Mark Albrighton and Gary Gardner still remain long-term injured. Fabian Delph should continue in the starting line-up. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Karim El Ahmadi are back in contention too.
Arsenal line-up: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal, Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Walcott.
Last three matches:
Arsenal FC 1 – FC Bayern München 3;
Arsenal FC 0 – Blackburn Rovers 1;
Sunderland 0 – Arsenal FC 1.
Aston Villa line-up: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Delph, Westwood, Ireland, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Last three matches:
Aston Villa 2 – West Ham 1;
Everton 3 – Aston Villa 3;
Aston Villa 1 – Newcastle United 2.