Arsenal may have claimed a Europa League win in midweek but they’re still shipping shots like nobody’s business.
A 3-0 win was the outcome against Eintracht Frankfurt, which went someone to expunging the collapse against Watford from the minds of fans. But the Gunners once again conceded far too many shots – 24 in total.
Manager Unai Emery has his work cut out improving his side defensively and Aston Villa will be willing to test them just as they did north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Villa have their own issues too and failed to capitalise on a man advantage against West Ham United on Monday night, with a result now needed to keep them away from the relegation zone and boost their confidence.
It could be a mighty scrap at the Emirates on Sunday night but how will the teams look?
Arsenal team news
The Gunners will have Mesut Ozil back in their squad after he was rested for the Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Sead Kolasinac is hopeful of being fit despite coming off early on Thursday night, while Rob Holding is pushing for a return.
Wonderkids Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka will be hoping to be under consideration after their performances in Germany too.
How Arsenal could look
Aston Villa team news
Trezeguet returns to the fold after a one-match ban but whether he will start is a matter for Dean Smith to consider.
Matt Targett may also come in after his injury problems but Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester are still absent.
How Aston Villa could look
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