Arsenal vs Aston Villa | Match Preview
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Arsenal vs Aston Villa | Match Preview

10/04/24 16:42

Arsenal host Aston Villa on Sunday as the Gunners look to keep their spot at the top of the table, with both Liverpool and City still close behind them.

Aston Villa will be trying to keep their top 4 hopes alive with them dropping out recently for Tottenham with both sides level on points.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa kick-off information

This game gets underway at 4:30pm on Sunday 14th April. You can watch this match on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.

Arsenal players

Arsenal vs Aston Villa stats

The last time these two sides faced each other, it was Aston Villa who came away with all three points thanks to a John McGinn goal back in December.

If Aston Villa were to win again it would only be the third time the Villans have done the league double against the gunners in the Premier League era, with the other two occurring in the 1992/93 and 2020/21 seasons.

This match will be the 203rd time these clubs have faced each other with the first occurring in 1904 which saw Aston Villa win 1-0 away against Woolwich Arsenal.

Aston Villa have 70 wins against Arsenal, while the Gunners have 87 wins overall against Villa with there being 45 draws between the two sides.

Saka

At this point in the season, Arsenal’s top scorer is Bukayo Saka with 18 goals across all competitions, the most recent of which being against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Leandro Trossard is second for the Gunners this season, finding the net 13 times as well as boasting the best minutes per goal in the Arsenal squad with a goal every 134 minutes. Martin Ødegaard and Kai Havertz are both in third with 10 goals each.

Arsenal’s top assister is also Bukayo Saka with 13 assists over the course of the season. The Englishman has once again been Arsenal’s top performer this season.

In second it is Martin Ødegaard with 10 assists but the Norwegian has been Arsenal’s most creative player this season with 2.1 chances created per 90 minutes. Gabriel Jesus and Declan Rice are tied in 3rd together with the latter now succeeding on a creative level since taking on set pieces for the Gunners.

Watkins

Aston Villa’s topscorer this season is Ollie Watkins with 24, averaging a goal every 142 minutes. Only 1 goal separates Watkins from Erling Haaland this season in the Premier League. The Englishman has been on fire this season and will surely be on the plane to Germany this summer in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

In second for Villa it’s Leon Bailey with 12 goals this season. The Jamaican forward got a crucial winner against Manchester City earlier in the season and will look to do the same against the Gunners on Sunday.

Douglas Luiz is third with 10 goals across the season. The Brazilian has excelled under Unai Emery at Villa Park. The same three players are all tied on 10 assists each this season, making them the clear players to watch out for from an Arsenal perspective.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Lineups

Arsenal’s 11 players with the most appearances across this Premier League season:

Declan Rice, William Saliba, Kai Havertz, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Ødegaard, Leandro Trossard, Eddie Nketiah and David Raya.

The last Arsenal starting line-up in the Premier League against Brighton:

David Raya, Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhães, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jorginho, Declan Rice, Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz.

Aston Villa’s 11 players with the most appearances across this Premier League season:

Moussa Diaby, Douglas Luiz, Ollie Watkins, Leon Bailey, Emiliano Martinez, Ezri Konsa, John McGinn, Youri Tielemans, Lucas Digne, Matty Cash and Pau Torres.

The last Aston Villa starting line-up in the Premier League against Brentford:

Emiliano Martinez, Ezri Konsa, Diego Carlos, Pau Torres, Lucas Digne, Leon Bailey, Youri Tielemans, Douglas Luiz, Morgan Rogers, John McGinn and Ollie Watkins.

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