It’s been quite the good week if you’re an Arsenal fan.
First, the Gunners ended their away-day hoodoo at a top-six rival by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the Premier League, before then brushing aside Molde 4-1 in the Europa League after an early scare.
Mikel Arteta’s side have picked up some momentum ahead of Sunday’s clash against Aston Villa, and it will be battle of two teams who are on the opposite spectrum in terms of very recent form.
The Gunners are beginning to fly, whilst Dean Smith’s men have slipped to back-to-back defeats to the likes of Leeds United and Southampton after starting off the campaign with a bang.
With Arsenal having rested numerous key players for the game on Thursday, Arteta is likely to revert back to full strength at the weekend. And below is a look at how the Gunners might line-up.
After starting in mid-week, Bernd Leno will be one of the few players to retain his place for the game against Villa, but is likely to see a lot of changes to the men in front of him.
Gabriel, Hector Bellerin, Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney were among the names to be rested, and will all surely come in after helping to keep a clean sheet in that impressive victory at Old Trafford last weekend.
In front of them, Arteta has a huge call to make about Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptian was phenomenal in the game against United, partnered alongside Thomas Partey.
But the clash against Villa is likely to pose different problems, with the visitors potentially dropping back into a low block and trying to hit Arsenal on the counter-attack.
A bit more creativity and guile may be needed, and it’s why even after his tireless display last time out, Elneny could miss out with Dani Ceballos coming in.
Further forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian should all start like normal, despite the fact Nicolas Pepe is in-form with his goal and assist against Molde.
Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel; Tierney, Saka; Partey, Ceballos; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.