Team news ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League tie with Aston Villa at the Emirates this afternoon. Kick-off time is at 3pm and the match is not being screened live anywhere in the UK.
Arsenal will be missing Abou Diaby who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Manager Arsene Wenger has declared that he will not risk the midfielder in any of his squads until next week.
Wenger therefore is likely to name an unchanged squad from the side that won at Everton.
Per Mertesacker (ankle) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are among Arsenal’s lone term absentees.
For Aston Villa, winger Charles N’Zogbia should recover from his tweaked knee ligament injury to face the Gunners. Villa’s big £9 million summer signing has also endured a public falling out with manager Alex McLeish this week over his lack of form and bad attitude. He will face a late fitness test but is expected to come through.
Forward Andreas Weimann could start after securing three vital points with the winning goal against Fulham two weeks ago. If N’Zogbia doesn’t play, Gabriel Agbonlahor could be reverted back to the wide role he was used in earlier in the season.
Villas long term absentees still include striker Darren Bent (ankle), Richard Dunne (shoulder), Fabian Delph (ankle). Utility man Ciaran Clark is still out with a knee injury.
Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Walcott, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Rosicky, Ramsey, Arteta, Van Persie, Fabianski, Djourou, Benayoun, Chamakh, Santos, Miquel.
Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lichaj, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Baker, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Heskey, N’Zogbia, Herd, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Gardner, Stevens, Delfouneso.
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This article was first posted on March 24, 2012