Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Preview: Arsenal Seeks Revenge In Villa Park

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Updated: January 7, 2014
Theo Walcott

Sports betting top pick, Arsenal looks forward to extending their lead in the Premier League table. This is despite Theo Walcott’s absence for the rest of the season. The Gunners are set to visit Villa Park not only to gain extra points, but also to settler their unfinished business during the season opening.

 

Match Date: 13 January 2014 (local time)
Venue: Villa Park

 

Team Form

Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s head honcho, Paul Lambert is under fire. This was after exiting the FA Cup and describing the tournament as his least priority.

 

Obviously, Lambert’s comments triggered a reaction from the club’s supporters. The Villan’s performance has not been very impressive, although they are still safe from the relegation zone. To note, they have only won once in their last six (6) matches. One of them included a 3-0 thrashing from Manchester United and a clean sheet from the relegation prone, Crystal Palace.

 

Yet, it seemed that the stars are no longer in favor of Aston Villa. The club may not be able to capitalize on Theo Walcott’s absence for one of their key players is also set to miss the season. Libor Kozak, who is one of their prolific scorers, broke his leg in training.

 

Kozak contributed four (4) goals in his fourteen (14) appearances. His presence is also crucial in giving Lambert more attacking options other than solely depending on Christian Benteke to score goals

 

Arsenal

Arsenal gets the chance to settle their unfinished business with Aston Villa. It can be remembered that at the onset of the season, Arsenal fell into Aston Villa’s hands.  The loss spurred a little bit of controversy due to the red card handed over to Laurent Koscielny. But the tides had turned for Arsenal. After the said defeat, they immediately occupied and monopolized the top spot of the Premier League table.

 

In terms of the team form, there is no doubt that Arsene Wenger’s men get the upper hand. They were undefeated in twenty-seven (27) of their last thirty (30) matches and just recently, they ended Tottenham’s journey in the FA Cup.

 

Perhaps if there is anything that causes an ounce of worry for the club, this is no other than Theo Walcott’s absence. The player is sidelined after incurring a knee injury during the North London derby and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season’s remaining matches. Walcott may also miss the World Cup due to the injury sustained. Indeed, it is a big blow to the club.  Yet, with the likes of Serge Gnarby, who is keen on making an impression and asserting his place at the starting XI, this could bring some inspiration for the group.

 

Once again, Wenger is place into a position where  his clever transfer decisions are measured. This month’s transfer window is crucial for the club as they are in dire need of a striker. Many are expecting the club’s top brass to secure impressive signings similar to what he did with Mesut Ozil. But until a new player has arrived, Arsenal’s weak side will always be a target of its opponents and Aston Villa is one of them.

 

Nevertheless, this does not mean losing faith for the Gunners. Certainly, the club shall not open opportunities for other clubs to score more points or for their rival to steal their spot in the title race. Chelsea and Manchester City have been pressuring them and perhaps, this scenario might also awaken the inner heroes in the club’s whole roster.

 

Football betting tip:  Arsenal

Arsenal is on the edge of clinching the silverware and certainly, they will take the opportunity to extend their lead and make a stronger finish this season.

 

 

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