Aston Villa host Arsenal at Villa Park in the 37th round of matches in the Premier League this Tuesday. The hosts go to this game in 19th place and on 31 points while Arsenal have so far managed 53 points and placed 10th in the standings.
ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS
Team to play Arsenal: Reina, Elmohamady, Mings, Konsa, Targett, McGinn, Hourihane, Luiz, Grealish, Trezeguet, Samatta.
Subs: Nyland, Lansbury, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Jota, Guilbert, Hause, Vassilev, Davis.
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
Team to face Aston Villa: Martinez, Soares, Holding, Luiz, Kolasinac, Saka, Torreira, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.
Subs: Macey, Bellerin, Tierney, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Willock, Xhaka, Smith.
KICK-OFF! The players and staff of both clubs, and the match officials, take a knee in solidarity against racism before the hosts get us underway!
Villa want a free-kick for a foul on McGinn after Kolasinac muscled him off the ball, but the referee allows play to continue.
Elmohamady appeared to tweak a hamstring. He’s now down and receiving treatment.
Trezeguet looks for a way through the Arsenal defence but Ceballos is back to make an excellent tackle on the edge of his own penalty area.
Saka controls the ball on the edge of the Villa penalty area, but Reina commands the situation, coming off his line to punch clear.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 ARSENAL (Trezeguet, 27)
Targett plays an early cross into the Arsenal box towards Samatta, but Luiz rises to head clear for the visitors.
Samatta plays the ball out to Trezeguet who has time and space to pick a spot with his cross but it is cut out by Torreira.
45 + 3 min
HALF TIME! ASTON VILLA 1-0 ARSENAL
SECOND HALF! We are back underway at Villa Park! Granit Xhaka has replaced Torreira, who was already on a yellow card
Ceballos twists and turns his way into the Villa penalty area but the hosts stand their ground.
McGinn heads the ball back into the danger area and there’s a mix up in the Arsenal defence as Samatta makes a nuisance of himself.
A double change for Arsenal as Pepe and Tierney replace Luiz and Saka.
It’s time for a drink!
SUBS! A double change for Villa as Samatta and Hourihane are replaced by Davis and Nakamba.
Nketiah leaps above Mings and guides a header down towards the bottom corner. However, the ball clips the inside of the post.
SUB! Another attacking change for the Gunners as Willock replaces Cedric.
STILL no Arsenal shot on target.
There will be FOUR minutes of added time…
90 + 4 min
FT: ASTON VILLA 1-0 ARSENAL
Aston Villa’s getting all the three points mean they rise out of the relegation zone and move above Watford on goal difference. The Gunners only hope of European football next season is an FA Cup final win over Chelsea!