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- Aston Villa have won each of their last three meetings with Arsenal.
- Arsenal have only won three of their eight Premier League games this season.
- The Gunners have drawn each of their last two matches.
Gunners turn a corner under Arteta
After missing out on European qualification last term Arsenal started the new Premier League campaign in torrid fashion, losing each of their opening three games by an aggregate score of 9-0. However, a couple of months down the line and it looks like Mikel Arteta may have turned a corner at the Emirates.
The Gunners head into this weekend unbeaten in five league games, with a 3-1 win over arch-rivals Spurs being the crowning glory in a decent looking run.
That being said, they were extremely fortunate to claim a late point at home to Crystal Palace last time out and back-t0-back draws have put a dampener on proceedings somewhat.
Villains struggle for consistency
Aston Villa were on the other end of the luck spectrum last weekend as they conceded three goals in the final ten minutes against Wolves, blowing a 2-0 lead and resigning them to consecutive defeats for the first time this season.
Dean Smith’s side have managed wins over Everton and Manchester United in the last four games, however, and their record against Arsenal should not be overlooked.
History on Villa’s side heading into Friday
Villa have won each of their last three meetings with Arsenal and beat them 3-0 the last time they visited the Emirates. Dean Smith knows how to get a result against this Gunners side and I’m backing him to lead his side to a point or more on Friday.
I don’t foresee another Villa win, though. Arsenal have looked a much-improved side of late so should be able to avoid defeat, and after successive draws I’m opting for a 1-1 stalemate as my correct score prediction.
Arsenal predicted lineup: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Magalhaes, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Odegaard, Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Aston Villa predicted lineup: Martinez; Konsa, Tuanzebe, Mings; Cash, McGinn, Luiz, Targett; Buendia; Watkins, Ings
- Both teams have scored in four of Aston Villa’s eight Premier League games this season
- Aston Villa have beaten Arsenal 1-0 in two of the last three Premier League clashes
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