Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa

Mikel Arteta’s side returned to winning ways at Old Trafford last weekend but Dean Smith’s Villa are unbeaten on the road this season.

Arteta has already confirmed no fresh injuries to deal with, but he is certain to rotate following the Europa League win over Molde.

Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding are expected to return to the defence, with Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also rested against the Norwegians.

Villa only have one new injury to deal with ahead of the trip to the capital with striker Bertrand Traore set for a month on the sidelines.

Trezeguet is set to replace him in the starting line up with Smith only making limited changes from last weekend’s defeat to Southampton.

It’s set to be a late one on Sunday night with a 7.15pm kick off at the Emirates Stadium.

Southampton edge out 4-3 Premier League thriller at Aston Villa

The Saints have been on of the top-flight’s most in form teams in recent weeks and some spectacular finishing from birthday boy James Ward-Prowse just about secured all three points at Villa Park.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have developed a reputation as fast starters this season and they were on the front foot early here as Theo Walcott fired against the bar.

And with all the pressure coming from the visitors they found a breakthrough on 20 minutes as Jannik Vestergaard nodded home Ward-Prowse’s corner.

Ward-Prowse then took control of things for the Saints as the England international fired home a pair of superb free kicks before the break.

Villa did try to force their way back into the game after restart with Trezeguet and Jack Grealish both forcing saves from Alex McCarthy.

But the Saints were in no mood to let their lead slip away as Danny Ings got in on the act to make it 4-0.

Stuart Armstrong fed the former Liverpool man inside the box and he curled another brilliant effort past Emiliano Martinez.

But despite the game appearing dead and buried in the closing stages, Dean Smith’s side launched an incredible late rally as Tyrone Mings headed home Grealish’s cross.

Villa threw everything at it in the final moments as Ollie Watkins fired home from the penalty spot and Grealish tucked past McCarthy.

But in the end there just was not quite enough time to haul back the Saints.

Full Time at a brilliant end at Villa Park it’s Aston Villa 3 Southampton 4

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Villa earn huge boost in Premier League survival race

Trezeguet netted a crucial winner to clinch a 1-0 victory which lifts Villa out of the relegation zone for the first time since February.

The winger set up a dramatic finale on Sunday with Villa, Watford and Bournemouth locked in a three-way battle against the drop.

Dean Smith’s side are now above of the bottom three on goal difference ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham, who are out of danger thanks to their own superior goal difference.

For Arsenal, they will need to rely on an FA Cup win next month to return to Europe and could finish as low as 10th in the Premier League.

The Gunners hit the post through Eddie Nketiah but never found the form which saw them beat Liverpool and Manchester City in their previous games.

You have to go back to 1998 for the last time Villa beat Arsenal at home, where Dion Dublin was amongst the scorers, and Steps were number one in the charts.

Back then Arsenal were champions but the title feels a long way away for the Gunners despite the promising early signs of Mikel Arteta’s debut season.

A plane towing the message ‘Back Arteta Kroenke Out’ served as a reminder of the anger felt by fans with the Gunners facing a fourth season outside the Champions League, having not won the title in 16 years.

The noise of the aircraft almost drowned out the players in an empty stadium which did little to spark the game in a low tempo opening 20 minutes.

But out of the blue the hosts made the decisive breakthrough in style after 27 minutes.

Conor Hourihane’s corner missed everyone except for Trezeguet who was loitering at the far post and the winger drilled in a brilliant low strike from 15 yards.

Villa kept the Gunners at bay though and should have made it comfortable with 15 minutes left.

Grealish glided past two challenges to send Keinan Davis clear but the substitute dragged his shot agonisingly wide.

A minute later Nketiah’s header hit the post and spun back fortuitously into Pepe Reina’s arms.

Emiliano Martinez beat away John McGinn’s fierce drive at the other end as Villa nerves began to grow – but they held on.

Final score: Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal