Arsenal youngsters showed the senior players how it was done in the 3-0 win against Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday and it will be interesting to see if manager Unai Emery rewards the likes of Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka with more game time against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Sead Kolasinac went off during the match in Germany with a knock and Emery will be sweating over the Bosnian’s fitness. With both Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin confirmed to be playing for the Under 23s tonight against Wolves, it could mean that Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be the only fullback options available.
Kostantinos Mavropanos is also closing in on a first team return but he will also need more matches for the Under 23s to improve his match fitness. Alexandre Lacazette is out until October with an ankle problem.
Aston Villa struggled to create chances against the ten men of West Ham on Monday, and they will likely keep things compact at the Emirates this weekend.
Manager Dean Smith will be without James Chester (thigh) and Jonathan Kodjia (head) but Matt Targett could be available after recovering from a thigh injury.
The bookies have made Arsenal favourites for the game. They are 4/9 odds-on to win with Ladbrokes with a draw currently 4/1 at Unibet. A victory for Villa is 7/1 with Betfair.
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