Arsenal’s advantage at the top of the Premier League standings has diminished, as the Gunners come into this weekend’s round of games sitting second in the top flight. Aston Villa will be looking to pour more misery on Mikel Arteta’s side with a victory at Villa Park.
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Arsenal has slipped to second in the Premier League standings for the first time since the second weekend of the campaign. The Gunners will play before Manchester City this weekend, meaning that they could move back to the top, but for the first time this season, questions are being asked. Arsenal has now gone four without a win in all competitions, and they have lost two of their previous three in the Premier League.
The latest of those losses was a 3-1 defeat at home against Manchester City. Arsenal failed to kick on after a strong opening half, and conceded two goals in the second period. However, their could be more to their issues, as they failed to register a single shot on target in open play against the reigning champions. Defeat at Villa Park on Saturday could see Manchester United close to within two points on Sunday.
Aston Villa remain in the bottom half of the Premier League standings after losing each of their previous two. Scoring goals has been an issue throughout the season for the team from the West Midlands, and there will certainly be pressure on the club to bring in a new number nine over the summer.
In truth, they are stuck in no man’s land slightly, as they aren’t going to get relegated and they also won’t finish in a European spot this term. However, Unai Emery will be hoping his side can enjoy a strong finish to the season to build confidence for next season.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Head to Head
Aston Villa has lost two of their previous three games against the Gunners. However, prior to that run, the Midlands side had picked up three straight league wins against Arsenal. The Gunners have only picked up more points on the road against West Ham than they have against Villa.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Prediction
This is a massive game for Arsenal, as their season is beginning to unravel extremely quickly. They must pick up maximum points on the road this weekend. We expect them to do that against a Villa side that are playing for very little.
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