Arsenal will host Aston Villa in the opening match of game week nine in the English Premier League. Arsenal is the in-form team going into this match. The Gunners go in as the in-form team and are unbeaten in the previous five matches.
Arsenal is 12th in the league standings with 11 points in eight games. The Gunners have won three games and drawn the previous two. They come into this match after playing a thrilling 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the London Derby.
The Gunners have scored seven goals with an xG rate of 11.36. They have attempted 101 shots and average 11.7 shots per 90 minutes. Out of the 101 shots, 31 have been on target. This means that Arsenal averages 3.61 shots on target per 90.
In the previous match against Crystal Palace, Arsenal attempted 16 shots and four were on target. Ten shots were attempted from inside the box and the xG rate was 2.64 for the Gunners. Kieran Tierney even hit the crossbar from a close range.
Arsenal have a poor defensive record and have conceded 12 goals in the eight games. They have kept three clean sheets and two were against the bottom seeded sides, Burnley and Norwich. The expected goal against rate is 13.84. This means that the team is expected to concede more than one goal per match.
Pierre Aubameyang is the highest goal scorer for his team. He has scored three goals in seven appearances. Emile Smith-Rowe has made two-goal contributions in eight appearances. Arsenal will assess the situation of Bukayo Saka, who limped off due to injury in the previous match.
Aston Villa is 13th in the league table and have scored 12 goals. Dean Smith’s team has conceded 12 goals and come into this match after suffering a 2-3 defeat against the hands of Wolves in the previous round.
Aston Villa have created the least amount of counter-attacks this season. The team hasn’t performed to its full potential but always possess an attacking threat. They have a high recovery rate in the attacking third. The team averages around 12 recoveries per 90 in the attacking third.
Aston Villa attempted more shots than their opponents in the previous game. They attempted 15 shots and almost double the number of shots attempted by the opposition. Villa only created an xG of 0.95 and Wolves created an xG of 1.65. The expected goal timeline is a bit flat for them although they have attempted more shots in the game. The expected threat timeline shows an increase towards the start of the second half and scored both the goals during that period.
Danny Ings is the highest goal scorer with three goals. He has also provided two assists so far. John Mcginn has also shown some goal scoring form and the midfielder has three goal contributions to his name.
Arsenal will face a tough challenge when they take on Aston Villa at home. Villa defeated Arsenal in both the fixtures last season and will look to continue their good form against the Gunners. Arsenal on the other hand is the in-form team and will look to extend their undefeated streak to six games.