The Villains are coming to THOF and Arsenal have a great opportunity to make it 5/5 wins and stay TotL.
It looks like Stevie Gerrard’s time as Villa manager is nearly up, but the Scouser is a fighter and he will not go down without a fight. Villa are both a physical and technical team and they have some fine players. Yet they are not growing under the former Mr Liverpool and some are even saying they may well be in for a relegation fight this season.
I expect a hard match and I hope the ref will be on top of things from the start. Ings, Watkins, Coutinho and Buendia are of course good footballers who can score all sorts of goals, but it is the lack of cohesion in the Villa team that makes the team less than the sum of its parts. They got beaten by Bournemouth, Palace and the Hammers and the only win came at home against the sorry Toffees.
The big question for us is whether to play the current first choices or to rotate again. It looks like Partey is still out and Zinchenko is a doubt. There are rumours that Elneny is also injured, but I am not sure what to make of that.
I expect and in a way hope that Mikel goes for the strongest team and worries about the MU game later. Three points tomorrow please.
So the lineup is likely to be:
White, Sal, Gab, Tiern
Saka, Ode, Marti
Part of me would like to see the squad used v Villa but with some continuity:
Tomi, Hold, Gab, Tierney
Saka, ESR, GJ9
What is your preferred starting eleven?
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!