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It was too good to be true for Aston Villa. The carriage has turned back into a pumpkin and the glass slipper is off at Villa Park as Aston Villa have now lost two straight games. From being at the top of the table to now slipping down the standings, Aston Villa head to the Emirates on Sunday to face Arsenal in desperate need of a win.

It may seem silly to say Aston Villa are desperate for a win. However, their losing form has them heading back down to the bottom half of the table, where they spent all of last season. Arsenal are level on points with Aston Villa going into matchday 8 of the Premier League season. Inconsistent league form has plagued Mikel Arteta’s team. The good news for the manager is that Arsenal have won three straight games in all competitions.

After winning against Dundalk in the Europa League last week 3-0, Arsenal defeated Premier League rival Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford. Back in the Europa League on Thursday night, the Gunners won 4-1 against Norway’s Molde.

The home team took the spoils in both Premier League games between Arsenal and Aston Villa last season. The Gunners won a hard-fought game at the Emirates 3-2. Can the Gunners keep their winning run going on Sunday?

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Last season’s game at the Emirates between Arsenal and Aston Villa saw a bit of everything. There were goals, five in all, and a red card sending off. Will this season’s game in north London finish in similar fashion? When these teams played in London last season, Aston Villa’s John McGinn gave the team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Just before halftime, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off for Arsenal with a second yellow card. Just after halftime Nicols Pepe scored a penalty but Aston Villa re-took the lead thanks to a Wesley goal. Arsenal came back once more scoring twice in the final nine minutes through Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal have taken six points from nine at home this season. After gaining back-to-back 2-1 wins against West Ham and Sheffield United, the Gunners fell to defeat against Leicester City 1-0. Just four goals have been tallied by Arsenal at home in the league while conceding three times.

Aston Villa have played twice on the road, claiming wins in both games. They have kept two clean sheets, outscoring Fulham and Leicester City 4-0. Aston Villa scored 15 goals in their opening seven games. However, take that with a grain of salt. Seven goals were scored against Liverpool in a bizarre game at Villa Park.

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Arteta’s injury issues are improving at the Emirates. Although three players are ruled out of the game, all three are long-term absentees and have not been able to play yet this campaign. Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, and Gabriel Martinelli are all three ruled out through their respective injuries. Arteta could have Reiss Nelson back from a knee injury for the game. He may be fit enough to take a place on the bench.

Nicolas Pepe, who scored a penalty in this fixture last season, tallied a goal against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night. Arteta could start the Frenchman in place of Willian. However, Pepe continues to underwhelm since arriving from Lille for £72 million in 2019.

Dean Smith continues to be without long-term absentee Wesley and Tom Heaton. Bertrand Traore will join the duo on the sidelines. Kortney Hause continues to carry an injury, but could return to the team this weekend.

Aston Villa are overachieving in the goals department compared to expected goals. They have scored 15 times and have an expected goal figure of 10.74. Will they continue to overachieve or are they on their way back to their true performances?

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Last season’s game at the Emirates ended with both teams scoring goals. It was an exciting fixture with Arsenal coming from behind twice to get the win in the final nine minutes. The Gunners are coming off of a midweek Europa League game, so fatigue cold play a factor in the outcome of Sunday’s match. Five of Arsenal’s 12 games in all competitions finished with both teams scoring. Two of Aston Villa’s last four games ended with both teams scoring.

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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the back of the net last season in this fixture. The Gunners’ striker started the campaign slowly. He has just two Premier League goals in seven appearances for Arsenal. The good news is he scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend. The penalty goal could give him the confidence to get a goal this weekend against Aston Villa.

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Last season’s game at the Emirates finished 3-2 and this weekend’s game could finish as another thriller. Their game at the Emirates was the only one of the two games to finish with over 2.5 goals scored. Aston Villa’s last two Premier League matches finished with over 2.5 goals and both games finished as loss. Six of Aston Villa’s nine games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Seven of Arsenal’s 12 games in all competitions finished with more than 2.5 goals scored.

These teams should find the back of the net once more this weekend in an entertaining game on Sunday night. The Gunners should prevail as Aston Villa slink back down the table. They are a team that spend heavily and overachieved in the early stages of the season. Players hit form, but are now lacking that same form previous showed. Although Aston Villa did defeat Liverpool and Leicester City, two of their four wins came against Fulham and Sheffield United, two of the league’s worst teams.

Arsenal should gain a second straight home win this week, defeating Aston Villa at the Emirates. The Gunners could move into the top four with a win and results going their way elsewhere.

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