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Emiliano Martínez returns to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his summer move, hoping to prove a point to his former side on Sunday evening.

Arsenal return to Premier League action, looking to build on their impressive 0-1 victory over Manchester United last weekend. Aston Villa had started the season in remarkable form, winning their first four league games but after losing two on the bounce they will be looking to get back on track in a tricky looking assignment at the Emirates. Both sides currently sit in mid-table on 12 points – just two points off the top four.

Villa haven’t won at the Emirates since 2013, although they’ll take confidence from the fact they beat The Gunners 1-0 at Villa Park in the latter stages of last season. 

Mikel Arteta has called on his side to score more goals in the build-up to this game, the Spaniard saying in an Arsenal press conference earlier in the week that they “have to do better,” in that area. Dean Smith’s side have scored six more goals than Arsenal in the Premier League this season, having played one game less. 

Arsenal remain without long-term absentees Calum Chambers, Pablo Marí and Gabriel Martinelli, while Reiss Nelson also misses out due to a slight knee problem. 

Aston Villa are without long-term casualties Tom Heaton and Wesley, while Bertrand Traoré is also out having been forced off with a thigh injury in Villa’s loss to Southampton. Kortney Hause is also a doubt. 

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June 2024