Aston Villa have not beaten Arsenal at home in 12 Barclays Premier League attempts, with their last success coming in December 1998. They have suffered defeat on home soil three times this term, including the last two matches against Manchester United and Liverpool. Alex McLeish's side are 10th in the table going into this match, their lowest position of the season.
Arsene Wenger has conceded defeat in Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title bid after defeat at Manchester City on Sunday - their fifth loss of the season. Robin van Persie did find the net in that encounter, though it was ruled out for offside, meaning it was just the fourth game he has failed to register in the last 12 Barclays Premier League games. The Gunners emerged victorious last time they were at Villa Park, winning 4-2 last season.
Aston Villa: W L D L W L
Arsenal: W W D W W L
• Aston Villa have lost their last two Premier League home games, they have not lost three in a row since 23rd December 2006.
Aston Villa: Lichaj, Given, Herd, Bent, Heskey
Arsenal: Wilshere, Sagna, Jenkinson, Diaby, Gibbs, Andrè Santos, Djourou
Aston Villa: -
Arsenal: Song (1 match)
Possible starting XIs:
Guzan • Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock • Albrighton, Delph, Petrov, N'Zogbia • Agbonlahor, Delfouneso
Szczesny • Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Ignasi Miquel • Ramsey, Frimpong, Arteta • Walcott, van Persie, Gervinho