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Aston Villa vs Arsenal confirmed squad news and expected line-up



Arsenal will look to end their winless run when they arrive at Villa Park to take on Unai Emery’s Aston Villa side.

The Gunners were missing Thomas Partey midweek when we were beaten by Manchester City and it remains to be seen whether he will be there this afternoon.
We are also left without Mo Elneny and Gabriel Jesus, who remain on the sidelines, but there was some positive news from Mikel Arteta’s pre-match conference with Emile Smith Rowe potentially joining the team.

Arsenal XI estimate:

Aston Villa XI estimate:

White Saliba Gabriel Zinchenko
Jorginho Odegaard Xhaka
Saka Nketiah Martinelli

Although we were on the losing side, we were arguably the better side for much of the game and I would be happy if we named an unchanged starting XI, although as you can see above I have brought Ben White on board. Jorginho was one of our best players against Pep Guardiola’s side and there should be no problem if he continues in place of Partey, provided the Ghanaian is not yet 100% back.

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Arsenal transfer news: Ben Jacobs says Gunners are ‘favourites’ for West Ham United Star

Arsenal are reportedly prioritizing the transfer of West Ham United star Declan Rice this summer.

Arsenal are reportedly prioritizing the transfer of West Ham United star Declan Rice

Several reports and sources have claimed that the Gunners are looking to bring the England midfielder to the Emirates.

Now CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has provided an in-depth update on the state of affairs regarding Arsenal and Rice.

Jacobs, writing in CaughtOffside, says the Hammers are “reassuring” to lose the captaincy in the summer.

He also felt that Arsenal are basically the “favourites” for Rice to sign at the moment. “Chelsea also really want rice”

However, Jacobs has warned the Gunners that Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle United are also on the hunt.
He thinks the Blues could be a particularly tough opponent again, as was the case with Mykhaylo Mudryk.

“Arsenal’s priority in midfield will be Declan Rice and West Ham are resigned to losing him,” Jacobs wrote on CaughtOffside.

“David Moyes, predictably, was quick to say that if Rice left him, it would have to be for a record UK transfer fee.

“But the applicants are hoping for a fee of £70-80m. This is ultimately because Rice’s contract expires in the summer of 2024.