Arsenal qualified for the Champions League Round of 16 in great fashion with a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos on Wednesday. With no European games till February, they will now turn their attention towards the domestic league where they will face Aston Villa at the Villa Park. Villa is slowly growing in confidence but is in dire need of some results and will hope to get one at home against the Gunners.
Wenger will be happy to have no new injuries to the squad and can play a strong team on Sunday. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are back from injury and fighting for a spot in the team. Joel Campbell has also impressed in the recent weeks and may be given another start at the Villa Park. Giroud who bagged a hat-trick against the Greek outfit will surely lead the line just ahead of Mesut Ozil who is in terrific form. Here is how they might line-up against Aston Villa:
The summer signing from Chelsea, Petr Cech is now an integral part of the Arsenal team and will yet again start in between the poles for the Gunners on Sunday.
The Spaniard has been superb for Arsenal all season. He has been solid at the back and also used his pace in counters. He will play at the right back position for Arsenal against Villa.
Koscielny has showed great discipline in defense in recent times and is an important player at the center of the defense for the Gunners.
The tall German is a regular starter for Arsene Wenger and his strength in the air will be very much needed for Arsenal to deal with the likes of Rudy Gestede when they travel to the Villa Park.
Gibbs who came back from injury a few weeks ago looked settled in the squad in the last couple of games, but Monreal is likely to keep his place a he is having a great season.
Another player who returned from injury recently, Ramsey is an impact player in the midfield for Arsenal and has already shown his importance with a goal in the last league game.
Flamini is not the first choice holding midfielder for Arsenal but injuries to other players will see him play in the middle of the field on Sunday.
The England international is a powerhouse who can burst through the defense with ease. He is yet to start for the Gunners after his comeback from injury and might find a place in the starting XI against Villa.
The most effective player for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, Ozil has been in great form and needs to continue the same way if he wants to take his team to the top of the table.
The pacey winger is also fresh from an injury but will play an important role in this game as he can stretch the Villa defense and give Arsenal some width up front
The French striker was unplayable against Olympiakos and will hope to add to continue his goal scoring form when Arsenal face Villa on Sunday.
Joel Campbell has found some form off late for the Gunners and may be given a chance in this game. Giroud who has played the last two games in the week may be given a rest and Theo Walcott may be played up front like he was before his injury. Here is another way that the Gunners may line-up on Sunday:
Alternative Formation: 4-2-3-1
Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Ramsey, Flamini; Campbell, Ozil, Oxlade Chamberlain; Giroud
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