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Arsenal vs Aston Villa LIVE: Premier League latest score, goals and updates from fixture tonight


<p>Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe</p>

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe

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Arsenal are hosting Aston Villa this evening at the Emirates as the Gunners looks to carry forwards the momentum from Monday’s last-gasp equaliser against Crystal Palace. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to pinch a 2-2 draw, and although it was far from the Gunners’ best performance, there were positives to take as Mikel Arteta’s team extended their unbeaten run in the league to five games, having lost all of their opening three.

Villa have endured the opposite trend with back-to-back defeats, including a dramatic late goal which saw Wolves complete a thrilling comeback to win 3-2 against their West Midlands rivals. It means Dean Smith’s side are now 13th coming into this fixture, one place and one point behind Arsenal in the Premier League table.

The build-up to the game saw Arteta asked about his young midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, who Aston Villa enquired about in the summer. “Any club has the right to make an inquiry about a player when they believe they have the financial power to get him, they’re entitled to,” Arteta said on Friday. “So there was a communication between the clubs and we made it really clear that Emile wasn’t for sale. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do and our future. He’s really happy where he is and I’m delighted to have him.”

Follow all the action from the Emirates below, live.

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Martinez back at the Emirates

Emiliano Martinez returns to his former club this evening. He has kept 18 clean sheets in 45 Premier League appearances for Villa since signing from Arsenal in September 2020.

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Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:45

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Aubameyang back in form

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in three consecutive home league appearances for the first time since a five-match run in September 2019.

His 42 goals at the Emirates Stadium is bettered only by Robin van Persie who scored 46 at the ground.

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Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:42

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Smith Rowe praises Arsenal support

Emile Smith Rowe wants the Arsenal fans come out in spades to support the team tonight and hopes to reward them with a victory over Aston Villa. Have a watch of his pre-match thoughts:

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:39

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John McGinn targeting three points against Arsenal

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn believes his team can take three points away from the Emirates this evening after having success in the last three meetings against the Gunners. He said:



It was a massive win when we played there last season and a great performance. I enjoy playing there and you always hear a racket from the Villa fans, so I’m looking forward to seeing them back at the Emirates.

“Friday Night Football is my favourite. The atmosphere will be brilliant under the lights and it’s important we put in another good performance.

“We’re going to these places and giving these teams a fright, so it’s about us getting the three points. No matter if it’s the first minute or the 80th minute, it’s about taking our chances and being clinical.”

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:35

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa are winless in 12 top-flight away fixtures played on a Friday since a 4-1 victory at Charlton in April 1950. They’ve drawn three and lost nine of those games.

Villa have lost five of their last eight away league games, as many as they had in their previous 17. They could lose three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since June to July last year.

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:31

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Arsenal have only lost one of their last six home league fixtures, earning 13 points from those games. They are on a five-match unbeaten league run after having lost their opening three games of the season.

A fifth Premier League home defeat of 2021 would be their most in a calendar year since losing six times at Highbury in 1997.

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:27

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Tierney out with injury

Kieran Tierney is out of tonight’s game with a bruised ankle meaning that Nuno Tavares makes his full Premier League debut for the Gunners.

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:24

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists abuse has managers questioning futures

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed the kind of abuse suffered by Steve Bruce has seen both prospective and current managers tell him they would now think twice about taking a job.

Bruce was sacked by Newcastle on Wednesday before detailing the level of abuse he and his family had suffered during his two-year stint in the north-east.

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:21

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Head-to-head: Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa have won three successive Premier League games against Arsenal, as many as they had in their previous 36 attempts. It’s 59 years since Villa last earned four straight league victories in this fixture.

Arsenal have lost four of the 10 league meetings at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have only been defeated more often at the stadium by Manchester City (5) and Chelsea (6).

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:17

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Smith on Arsenal

Dean Smith spoke about the prospect of facing Arsenal tonight saying his players can take heart from their recent performances. He said:



People were saying they were in crisis after the first three games of the season and that was with a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp for the first game and games against the league champions and European champions.

“They’ve come back as we all suspected they would. They’ve drawn the last couple of games, so we can take some heart in that.

“We can also take some heart from what we’ve done in the last month in our last four or five games. They’re the ones that I have to judge us by in terms of our performances.”

Michael Jones22 October 2021 19:13



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