Arsenal are looking to bounce back from their calamitous midweek defeat to Wolves as they take on Aston Villa this lunchtime.
The Gunners’ recent resurgence took a sizeable knock on Tuesday as they were beaten 2-1 by Wolves in a game they finished with nine men.
Defender David Luiz and goalkeeper Bernd Leno were the men sent off in that game and Mikel Arteta will be without both this afternoon after an appeal against Luiz’s dismissal was rejected, meaning Gabriel is likely to return at centre-back.
Leno’s absence means that Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan is expected to make his debut after signing on loan from Brighton during last month’s transfer window.
Villa have been in terrific form themselves, but they also suffered a setback in midweek as they were beaten by high-flying West Ham.
Arsenal predicted lineup: Ryan; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette.
Standard Sport prediction: Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal
With both sides smarting from disappointing midweek results, it could take a while for this game to warm up. Their relative League positions suggest it should be a tight contest, and a score draw seems the most likely outcome.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
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