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Aston Villa’s predicted starting XI for trip to Arsenal

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Aston Villa face a trip to north London to face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon with the Premier League newcomers looking to improve on their start to the season.

They sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone, having won just one of their five matches this campaign.

Last time out was just last Monday as they welcomed a West Ham side that had only lost to Manchester City this season and Dean Smith’s men would have come away feeling worse off after the goalless stalemate.

Club captain Jack Grealish claimed the result ‘felt like a defeat’ as Villa couldn’t capitalise on having a man advantage for the last quarter of the match.

So will the 48-year-old ring the changes to generate more success?

The answer is probably not as the Villa boss has remained quite stubborn in playing his system – seven members of the squad have started all five of their Premier League matches so far this season.

Therefore, it seems likely that the defence will remain much the same, and they have every right to after recording two clean sheets which ties for first in the league.

Marvelous Nakamba impressed in his top-flight debut, scoring a 7.35 rating, so he should remain with both midfield mainstays Jack Grealish and John McGinn slightly ahead of him – they are two of that seven to play every game.

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The only changes we predict are out wide – as mentioned, Smith will keep his system the way it is even despite us offering a very plausible alternative earlier this week.

Ahmed Elmohamady came on as a substitute against the Hammers and was the man on the receiving end of Arthur Masuaku’s second yellow card. He played in an attacking right-wing role so that could well be reprised at the Emirates. It would be a surprising selection but one that isn’t totally out of the equation.

On the other side, Trezeguet is available for selection after serving a suspension of his own – he will likely come back into the lineup at the expense of Anwar El Ghazi after the 24-year-old’s controversial moment with Tyrone Mings.

Wesley keeps his place considering he’s the only senior striker fit after Jonathan Kodjia’s ‘freak’ injury.

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