Arsenal puts its perfect Premier League season on the line at home to old foe Steven Gerrard and struggling Aston Villa during a midweek match at the Emirates Stadium (Watch live at 2:30 pm ET Wednesday online via Peacock Premium).
The Gunners have beaten Palace, Leicester, Bournemouth, and Fulham, and now turn their attention to a Villa side that is woefully underperforming expectations.
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Similar opponents don’t make for good pro-Villa reading. Villa’s lone win is over bottom three Everton and has lost to Bournemouth, West Ham, and Palace.
Gerrard has said he understands Villa Park boos and said it’s on everyone but especially his players to step up to the plate.
What to Know
Arsenal and Aston Villa are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal should still be riding high after a victory, while Villa will be looking to right the ship.
Arsenal slipped by Fulham 2-1 this past Saturday. The score was all tied up at the break nothing to nothing, but Arsenal was the better team in the second half.
Speaking of close games: it was all tied up nothing to nothing at halftime, but the Lions were not quite West Ham United’s equal in the second half when they met on Sunday. Villa lost 1-0 to the Irons. That was Villa’s second consecutive one-goal defeat against West Ham.
Arsenal got away with a 1-0 win when the two teams previously met in March. Will they repeat their success, or does Villa have a better game plan this time around? We’ll find out soon enough.
How to watch Arsenal vs Aston Villa live, stream link and start time
Who: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa
When: Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Emirates Stadium
Caesars Sportsbook odds: Arsenal -180; Draw +310; Villa +500
Villa’s in trouble with three points from a very takeable 12. The Villans get Arsenal and Man City in a span of four days and the threat of three points from 18 looms large.
That said, there’s a reason that Villa was viewed well before the season. Ollie Watkins is a handful up top and there are creative pieces around him.
Arsenal has navigated some traditional pitfalls with style, surging back late to take all three points from Fulham. Mikel Arteta would love an easy home victory.
In-form players to keep an eye on
Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard are arguably in the form of their lives for Arsenal, while Villa is looking for contributors outside of Ollie Watkins and John McGinn. Emiliano Martinez has even looked unlike himself, though perhaps there’s no better chance to get right than his former team.
Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options
Reiss Nelson, Thomas Party, and Mohamed Elneny are out, while Oleksandr Zinchenko faces a late fitness test.
Aston Villa team news, injuries, lineup options
Diego Carlos remains out while Gerrard waits on Philippe Coutinho, Cameron Archer, and Tyrone Mings. Those three could all be available.