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Premier League: Arsenal bid to make it three wins in a row when they welcome Aston Villa

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Arsene Wenger welcomes Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa to the Emirates as Arsenal look to win three league games in a row for the first time this season.

The Gunners have receently been at their free-flowing best en route to winning four of their last six games.

Aston Villa could not be visiting the Emirates at a worse time. Lambert’s side sit 15th in the table, just three points outside of the drop zone, and remain the lowest scoring team in the Premier League with just 11 goals in 22 games. 

Team news

Although he plans to use the same squad that he used on Sunday against Brighton, Wenger said on Friday that he was unlikely to risk Alexis Sanchez if his hamstring complaint is more serious than first thought.

New signing Gabriel Paulista is available and may feature but Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Mikel Arteta are all still out.

Paul Lambert could start loan signing Scott Sinclair as he looks to move his team away from the drop zone, and get them scoring. It is likely Carlos Gil will start after his impressive goal against Bournemouth in the FA Cup. 

The winger will train with the side on Saturday before Lambert makes a final decision on his inclusion.

Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has recovered from a hamstring injury while Joe Cole (also hamstring) is training but not yet fit. Defenders Ron Vlaar (knee) and Philippe Senderos (calf) both remain out.

Opta stats

Arsenal have scored five goals in their last two Premier League games against Villa, all between the 32nd and 36th minutes.

Aston Villa have fired in just 60 shots on target this season, fewer than any other team in the division.

Only Derby (10 in 2007-08) have scored fewer goals after 22 matches of a Premier League season than Aston Villa have managed this campaign (11).

Aston Villa have played eight hours and 42 minutes of Premier League football since they last scored.

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