Arsenal take on Unai Emery’s Aston Villa this weekend in what will be a test of their Premier League title aspirations before the end of 2023.
The Gunners grabbed a late 4-3 midweek win away at Luton Town to extend their title lead to four points, before Villa secured a fine 1-0 victory at home to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Both sides are in superb form ahead of their meeting at Villa Park with the hosts boasting a home record of seven Premier League wins from seven so far this season.
The Sporting News details the latest on team news and predicted lineups for this game.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal lineups
Both Mikel Arteta and Emery have a busy schedule in December with Villa still looking to confirm their spot in the Europa Conference League Round of 16.
However, with no Carabao Cup duty for either manager, their primary focus will be on the Premier League and changes are likely to be at a minimum for this clash.
Arteta is the most high profile absentee, as he will be watching from the stands due to a touchline ban, but under fire goalkeeper David Raya is set to keep his starting place for Arsenal.
Here’s the projected starting lineups for this Premier League clash at Villa Park on December 9.
Aston Villa starting 11
Aston Villa projected lineup (4-5-1): Martinez (GK) — Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne — Bailey, Kamara, Tielemans, Luiz, McGinn — Watkins.
- Injured: Buendia, Mings, Traore.
- Suspended: None
Despite the exertion of securing a victory over the defending champions, Emery will likely stick to the same starting team, with Youri Tielemans playing a deeper role in the Villa midfield.
Arsenal starting 11
Arsenal projected lineup (4-2-3-1): Raya (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko — Odegaard, Rice, Havertz — Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
- Injured: Timber, Partey, Vieira, Tomiyasu, Smith-Rowe.
- Suspended: None
Arteta will have full control over team selection and pre-game planning, despite his ban, and Oleksandr Zinckenko could be the sole change in place of Jakub Kiwior at left-back.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:
|NBC USA Network, Peacock, Universo
|Fubo, Universo NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
|Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event
|Sky GO, Now TV
USA: This game is being broadcast on the NBC USA Network and Peacock. Spanish language streaming options on Universo and Telemundo, which are available to stream on Fubo.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
UK: This match is available for live broadcast via Sky Sports with streaming options on Sky GO and Now TV.