Aston Villa v Arsenal

Rock-bottom Aston Villa are in the firing line as Arsenal head to Villa Park on Sunday hoping to go top of the Premier League standings.

The Gunners trail league leader Leicester City by two points after beating Sunderland 3-1 last weekend.

That success over the Black Cats ended a small wobble that included draws with Spurs and Norwich and defeat to West Brom, but confidence will be high after they kept their Champions League hopes alive with a big victory over Olympiakos in midweek.

Villa remain bottom of the standings, a full six points behind the rest of the league and without a win since opening day.

Their fortunes have changed little under new manager Remi Garde, but last weekend's 1-1 draw with Southampton was a small step in the right direction. Then there's the memory of last season's FA Cup: a 4-0 thrashing at Wembley.

In team news, Garde is expecting to have Leandro Bacuna (knock), Rudy Gestede (knee) and Carlos Sanchez (eye) available, but will be without Micah Richards (knee), Jordan Amavi (anterior cruciate ligament), and Gary Gardner (ankle).

Arsenal's injury problems have been well documented and manager Arsene Wenger will be without Alexis Sanchez (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (knee), Francis Coquelin (anterior cruciate ligament), Mikel Arteta (calf muscle), Jack Wilshere (calf), Tomas Rosicky (knee), and Danny Welbeck (knee).

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