Aston Villa (4-4-2) Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Bacuna, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.
Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker will face late fitness tests after last weekend’s FA Cup third round loss to Sheffield United. It’s likely Christian Benteke will start, despite going 785 minutes without a Premier League goal.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Ozil, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud.
Olivier Giroud should have recovered from an ankle problem and illness to start up top for the Gunners, who are now without Theo Walcott for the remainder of the season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be back in the squad.
Reckon Guzan and Benteke will have the games of their lives tonight. Always happens.
— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) January 13, 2014
— Matt Simmons (@Matt_W_Simmons) January 13, 2014
Known to be well wrong when have these feelings, but reckon Villa are going to get a thumping this evening. 4-0. Ozil to score…
— Greg (@gregfranksimmo) January 13, 2014
Podolski, Oxlade Chamberlain & Rosicky would be great attacking options to call upon off the bench.
— Fearless Warrior (@CrazyGooner007) January 13, 2014
Christian Benteke fires in his second penalty as Villa come from behind to stun Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates.
Having had nine days rest since beating Spurs in the FA Cup, the Gunners and the jaded-looking Mesut Ozil should be back up to full strength. Expect the German to run riot.
Victory in this game would be Aston Villa’s 300th in Barclays Premier League history.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 14 Barclays Premier League trips to Villa Park, winning seven and drawing seven.