KICK off: 6 February 14:30
Information: Villa only have two injury concerns in the form of Wesley and Kortney Hause, but it would be a surprise not to see Smith make some alterations amid a taxing schedule. The hosts hauled off Anwar El Ghazi for Bertrand Traore at half time against West Ham and the latter should start out wide here, while new arrival Morgan Sanson could feature from the first whistle over Barkley. Jack Grealish notched up his 12th assist of the top-flight campaign with his delightful pass for Watkins’s goal on Wednesday – no player in the top flight has set up more goals than the 25-year-old this season. With Leno suspended for Arsenal and Mat Ryan nursing a hip problem, Runar Alex Runarsson could make his first Premier League start for the club at Villa Park. Luiz will be replaced in the heart of defence by Gabriel Magalhaes, who will hope to force his way back into the first team on a regular basis from now on, but Arteta conceded that Kieran Tierney “was not close at all” to being ready for the Wolves game. The Arsenal boss has a huge call to make on the left-hand side with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now back in action, but Pepe has stepped up his game in recent weeks and it would be extremely harsh to drop him.
Prediction: Over 2,5 goals
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