Remi Garde is desperate for a turnaround in fortune for his Aston Villa team. If they are to avoid the drop, they need some results and fast. They are bottom of the league and 7 points adrift of safety and the fixture list doesn’t get any easier for them, Arsenal are the visitors to Villa Park on Sunday.
Villa are winless in the league since the opening day, the sacking of Tim Sherwood and replacement with Remi Garde has not had the immediate impact that Villa’s hierarchy would have been hoping for.
Arsenal go into this game in buoyant fashion following their 3-0 Champions League victory and group progression this week. The goals keep coming for Olivier Giroud, he scored a hat-trick in the win.
The Gunners sit in second in the league, two points behind Leicester. Arsene Wenger will feel his team have a great chance of winning the League this season. However, they were disappointing in recent away games at West Brom and Norwich, taking just one point from the two games. They will hope for a better showing at Villa Park.
It will be a case of the master versus the apprentice on Sunday. Remi Garde was one of Arsene Wenger’s first signings for Arsenal back in 1996 when Wenger was appointed manager. It will be an interesting touchline encounter but on the pitch it looks like there is only one winner here. Arsenal have been good this season, Villa have been woeful.
Jack Grealish will return for Villa and is likely to start on the bench. Amavi is unavailable with a knee injury. Micah Richards picked up a knock recently and is a doubt for this clash.
Arsenal remain consistent when it comes to injuries. Sánchez (hamstring), Arteta, (calf), Wilshere (fibula) Rosicky (knee), Welbeck (knee), Coquelin (knee), Cazorla (knee) are all unavailable. Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain is expected to be among the substitutes.