Arsenal vs Aston Villa LIVE: Premier League result and final score as Gunners suffer shock defeat

Arsenal blew the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table as Aston Villa bolstered their Champions League hopes by claiming a stunning 2-0 win at the Emirates - a result that leaves the title race in the hands of the defending champions Manchester City with six games to go.

On a dramatic day in the Premier League that also saw Liverpool slip up at home to Crystal Palace, with Jurgen Klopp’s side beaten 1-0 at Anfield, Mikel Arteta’s challengers could not take advantage as they too fell to a damaging defeat in the title race.

The Gunners were seven wins from their first title in 20 years, but City are now two points clear at the top after Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins struck second-half goals and Unai Emery returned to the Emirates to earn a league double against his former team.

Arsenal started well and had the majority of the early chances but it was the visitors who almost took the lead as Ollie Watkins struck both posts following an effort from Gabriel - although Emery’s side then needed goalkeeper Emi Martinez to make a stunning save from point-blank range to deny Leandro Trossard 37 seconds later.

Villa took charge after half time, and struck the frame of the goal again when Youri Tielmans hit both the bar and the post with a bending shot that almost found the top corner. Bailey came off the bench to arrive at the back post and steer Villa in front, before Watkins doubled Villa’s lead with a chipped finish just two minutes later.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa LIVE

  • FULL TIME! Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa | Title race turned upside down as Villa claim shock win

  • 87’ GOAL! Watkins chips Raya as Arsenal lost title lead (ARS 0-2 AVL)

  • 84’ GOAL! Bailey arrives at back post to stun Arsenal (ARS 0-1 AVL)

  • 63 BAR! Tielemans hits bar and post as Villa take charge after HT (ARS 0-0 AVL)

  • 40’ SAVE! Stunning Martinez stop denies Trossard from close range (ARS 0-0 AVL)

  • 39’ POST! Watkins hits insides of both posts after Gabriel mistake (ARS 0-0 AVL)

  • 17’ CHANCE! Jesus heads wide at back post after Saka cross (ARS 0-0 AVL)

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FULL TIME: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:45 , Jamie Braidwood

So much for an unprecedented three-way title race. It was instead all so familiar at Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s side followed Liverpool in losing at home to perhaps end this run-in just as it was properly beginning.

This may be the weekend that everyone looks back on as when Manchester City won the 2023-24 title. There was daylight between the champions and the challengers for the first time, although not as wide as that in the Arsenal defence as they chased the game against a brilliantly astute Aston Villa.

Unai Emery once more did a number on his old club, as this 2-0 win also served to put his side in command of a Champions League place. It was a brilliantly tactical performance, to go with a superb first full season no matter what happens.

At Arsenal, in what is their second title challenge under Arteta, the great frustration was how similar the end of this game looked to the defeat to Brighton last season. The home side were attempting to build attacks in a ponderous and indecisive manner, only for Emery’s team to just cut through them.

Full-time report by Miguel Delaney at the Emirates

Arsenal stumble as soon as pressure hits in Premier League title race

Arteta on Arsenal defeat: ‘It’s how react’

19:32 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports, on his side’s chances in the title race: “We can’t control [Manchester City]. What we can control is that when we have the run we had when you win, win, win, win, it’s easy. The moment is now. After this blow, it’s how we react.

“We have the best opportunity to react against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The team has to show it. If you want to win, you have to overcome these situations.

“With the games we had, this was going to happen. It is now about how we react. This is in our control.”

Premier League title race: Who has the best fixtures – Man City, Arsenal or Liverpool?

19:30 , Jamie Braidwood

The Premier League is heading for a classic title race, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal set for a three-way battle as the season enters the run-in.

And what a weekend we’ve just had, as both Liverpool and Arsenal slipped up at home to leave champions City leading the way with six games to go. Pep Guardiola’s side are aiming to win a fourth league title in a row – a feat that has never been achieved in the history of English football, and the title is now in their hands.

That’s after Arsenal and Liverpool lost their advantage on dramatic afternoon. Liverpool, who stood eight games away from the title, suffered a shock defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield, before Arsenal, who were chasing a first title in 20 years, were stunned by Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Even as they trailed, City were lurking dangerously, and now they have a favourable run ahead of them after hitting the front.

But it’s not over yet. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have two games to play before City’s next Premier League fixture, so, with six games to go, which team has the best fixtures and who has the hardest run of games to end the season? Here’s where the title could be won and lost...

Premier League title race: Who has the best fixtures in the run-in?

FULL TIME: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Ollie Watkins, speaking to Sky Sports:

“It’s massive to come away to Arsenal and to play like that just shows how far we’ve come and where we’re going. It was the perfect away performance.

“Any win is a big result but considering the other results, we’re fighting for the Champions League and knew it was going to be tough today.

“A lot of people doubted us, they thought we play good football but that we wouldn’t come here and get a result. We’ve proved a few people wrong.”

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FULL TIME: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:31 , Jamie Braidwood

But what a win this is for Aston Villa - deserved too. They do the double over Arsenal for the third time in the Premier League, as Unai Emery haunts his former side.

Villa go three points clear of Tottenham in the race for fourth.

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FULL TIME: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Stunning. The title race has been turned on its head in a single afternoon. Liverpool and Arsenal beaten. Manchester City lead the way by two points.

Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:28 , Jamie Braidwood

90+8 mins: Villa are playing this out to ‘oles’.

Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:26 , Jamie Braidwood

90+5 mins: Diego Carlos is given man of the match. Villa were battered in the first half, but survived. Unai Emery’s side have been brilliant in the second half and they are heading three points clear of Tottenham in the race for fourth.

Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:23 , Jamie Braidwood

90+3 mins: Arsenal are shell-shocked. Villa could get another but Watkins is offside.

The Gunners are going to somehow pick themselves up for Munich on Wednesday.

Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

18:20 , Jamie Braidwood

90 mins: There are eight minutes of added time to be played.

Arsenal need three goals.

GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa (WATKINS 87’)

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Arsenal throw everyone forward, to be hit by a stunning suckerpunch.

Watkins is released and holds off Smith Rowe, before just beating Raya with a wonderful chip.

It goes off in the away end, and some of the home fans are already heading home.

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa (BAILEY 84’)

18:13 , Jamie Braidwood

OH MY GOODNESS. It had been coming but this is a HUGE shock in the title race, as Leon Bailey comes off the bench to stun the Emirates!

Villa work the ball wonderfully down the left - the cross is missed at the front post but Bailey arrives just in time to steer in the empty net!

Are Liverpool and Arsenal about to lose at home on the same day?

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

18:12 , Jamie Braidwood

81 mins: Konsa looks a little lost after getting the chance to drive forward from right back. Gabriel makes his way across and cuts him out, as Watkins waited for the ball into the middle.

Arsenal have steadied a little and the game is more even now, but Villa are still looking the more likely to find a winner.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

18:07 , Jamie Braidwood

78 mins: Another two Arsenal changes: Jorginho and Emile Smith Rowe are on for Odegaard and Jesus.

Arsenal face Bayern on Wednesday, but the title is on the line here.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

18:05 , Jamie Braidwood

74 mins: Not convincing from Arsenal at all, as they fail to clear the corner again and Pau Torres sees his shot blocked by Havertz from a tight angle.

Arsenal clear at the third attempt but can’t break forward.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

18:04 , Jamie Braidwood

73 mins: Some of the Villa players have put in a real shift today and they have the momentum. Arsenal look shaky defending the inswinging corner, and can only clear for another in front of the Villa end.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:59 , Jamie Braidwood

68 mins: There are some worried faces in the Arsenal ends. Villa have been the better team since half time, by a mile.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:57 , Jamie Braidwood

65 mins: Here come the Arsenal changes: Trossard is replaced by Martinelli and Ben White makes way for Takehiro Tomiyasu.

There was a concern as Odegaard stayed down after being landed on in the box following a corner, but the captain is back up and going.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:52 , Jamie Braidwood


Oh my goodness how close was this from Youri Tielemans! It’s almost wonderful from the Belgian, after Zinchenko gave the ball away on the corner of the box after a corner was cleared. Tielemans sent an effort bending towards the top corner, only for it to strike the underside of the bar and then off the post!

It’s the second time Villa have hit both posts with one shot!

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:50 , Jamie Braidwood

60 mins: Saka’s corner is cleared by Rogers at the front post and Rice’s volley blazes over the bar.

Here comes the Villa change: it’s Diaby for Bailey in a straight swap.

Bailey is dangerous.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:48 , Jamie Braidwood

58 mins: Emery is going to play his hand first, however, with Leon Bailey getting ready on the Villa bench. The visitors have a platform in this game.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:45 , Jamie Braidwood

55 mins: It’s been a frustrating day for Gabriel Jesus, who have struggled on his chance to lead the line. Arteta will be looking to his bench by now, and the Brazilian could be the first to make way. Jesus is caught offside as Rice tried to spring an attack.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:44 , Jamie Braidwood

53 mins: The chants are rising from the away end in the corner of the Emirates. Aston Villa have started the second half well, and belief is growing among their number that they could earn themselves a big result here.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:39 , Jamie Braidwood

49 mins: Arsenal do get a free kick as Tielemans is caught with a hand ball on the edge of the box. It’s in a decent position...

... nothing comes of it.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:38 , Jamie Braidwood

47 mins: Jesus hops over Carlos’s outstretched leg and appeals for a penalty, but that’s dismissed immediately.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:35 , Jamie Braidwood

45 mins: Back underway. Arsenal are now six and a half games from their first title in 20 years, but they need to beat Villa.

HALF TIME! Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

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A crazy 37 seconds of action as Watkins hit both posts and then Martinez pulled out this incredible save to deny Trossard.

HALF TIME! Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:19 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal have had lots of the ball and plenty of chances, but Villa went the closest to taking the lead as Watkins hit the inside of both posts.

It’s nervy at the Emirates.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:17 , Jamie Braidwood

46+1 mins: It’s Digne... into the wall. Good work from Gabriel to take it in the face... Villa could learn a lesson or two after the goal City and Phil Foden scored against them a couple of weeks ago.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:16 , Jamie Braidwood

44 mins: A chance for Villa, just before half time, after Gabriel catches Rogers right on the edge...

There will be two added minutes after its taken.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:14 , Jamie Braidwood

41 mins: CLOSE! Saka cuts inside and is inches away from finding the bottom corner, with Martinez scrambling!

Then Jesus leads the break, but Trossard is caught by Carlos as Villa clear! Jesus’s pass was a bit behind Trossard, I think, .

Arteta turns and asks for more from the Arsenal fans.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:10 , Jamie Braidwood

39 mins: WHAT A SAVE!

A huge stop from Martinez! Then, right at the other end, Jesus picks out Trossard with a cut-back and Arsenal look certain to take the lead.

But Martinez sticks out a huge foot - and somehow keeps it out from point-blank range!

What a game!

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:10 , Jamie Braidwood

39 mins: OFF THE POST!

Wow - let off for Arsenal! It’s almost a huge mix-up at the back between Gabriel and Zinchenko, as Watkins is released! He strikes across goal but hits BOTH posts and the shot somehow stays out!

Watkins and Villa could not have come closer to taking the lead!

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:09 , Jamie Braidwood

38 mins: Another wave of Arsenal attacks - as Odegaard plays a central role. First Rice made a burst and shimmy in the box, but Carlos cut out his cross. Then Saka’s header went just over, after Havertz dug a cross out.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:08 , Jamie Braidwood

36 mins: Villa faced an early storm but are they through the worst of it before half time?


Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:06 , Jamie Braidwood

35 mins: The Arsenal fans aren’t happy as Zinchenko boots the ball out of play with Zaniolo down. Ben White is booked for pulling down the Italian.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:05 , Jamie Braidwood

32 mins: Ooooh. Another half-chance from Villa on the break as Diaby made the run beyond Zinchenko and would have been in if the pass had been played a touch lighter, or earlier.

Villa still without a shot on target, but their threat is growing after surviving Arsenal’s quick start.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:03 , Jamie Braidwood

31 mins: How will Arsenal’s nerves be if Villa get into half-time at 0-0? Emery’s side survive a corner from the right and then some penalty appeals as Trossard goes down in the box under the challenge of Carlos. It’s quickly waved away.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

17:00 , Jamie Braidwood

29 mins: Great defending from Diego Carlos! Havertz is released after a third-man run from midfield. He gets back just in time to force the corner, after Villa’s high line was exposed.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:59 , Jamie Braidwood

27 mins: A good tempo to the game, this. Villa get a decent spell in Arsenal’s half after absorbing lots of pressure - but Konsa’s cross drifts out from the byline.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:56 , Jamie Braidwood

24 mins: Villa are hanging on here... Odegaard is leading a ferocious tempo of passing, and then the captain wins a corner as he makes a challenge in the box! It came after Jesus saw a shot blocked from close range.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:54 , Jamie Braidwood

21 mins: Just after that, Villa had a chance of their own on the counter-attack as Arsenal suddenly found themselves open at the back. Watkins was one-on-one with Gabriel, but Trossard did really well to get back and put the pressure on the England striker, as Arsenal were able to clear.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:51 , Jamie Braidwood

19 mins: Another chance! Arsenal are turning the screw. Odegaard creates this one - teeing up Saka, whose touch takes him wide. Saka then rattles a shot into Martinez’s near post, but the better option would have been going across goal.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:48 , Jamie Braidwood

17 mins: That’s a huge chance! Lovely work from Rice first of all as Arsenal spring forward and shift from left to right. Saka looks up and picks out Jesus at the back post- but the Brazilian heads wide! He was in lots of space after Havertz dragged Carlos away.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:46 , Jamie Braidwood

14 mins: A slight concern for Arsenal as Saka is still holding his hip a couple of minutes after colliding with Morgan Rogers - Saka is still up and playing on but while holding that hip area.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:43 , Jamie Braidwood

12 mins: Without Jorginho, Arsenal’s shape is quite differerent today on the ball - with Zinchenko alongside Rice and Havertz becoming the one who is making the runs forward beyond the front three. Jesus is playing down the middle.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:42 , Jamie Braidwood

11 mins: SAVE! A super move from Arsenal and almost a lovely opening goal. Trossard releases Havertz into the box and the German, making the run from midfield, sees his shot saved by Martinez - fairly comfortably in the end.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:38 , Jamie Braidwood

8 mins: Odegaard glides clear and Saka fizzes a ball across the box that is too high for Havertz at the back post. Lots of room for Arsenal to attack into it already.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:37 , Jamie Braidwood

6 min: Odegaard and Saka again down the Arsenal right - Villa clear at the front post, but that’s the avenue the Gunners are going after once again. Should be a busy afternoon for Digne.

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Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:35 , Jamie Braidwood

3 mins: Saka and Odegaard combine in the box but the winger is forced wide by Digne and Aston Villa can clear. Arsenal are looking to make another quick start in the Premier League - although they fell behind to Bayern Munich in midweek, the Gunners have not trailed in the Premier League since December.

Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:32 , Jamie Braidwood

1 min: Ooof. Almost a quick start from Villa. From a long throw, Trossard takes a volley from McGinn right in the face, and then Watkins heads over from about 12 yards, catching the roof of the net.

Trossard gets back to his feet.

KICK-OFF! Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

16:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Underway! Any more twists to come this weekend?

Arsenal vs Aston Villa

16:28 , Jamie Braidwood

Here we go! A real sense of excitement now as Arsenal have the chance to go top and take advantage of Liverpool’s slip-up. You can really feel the nerves in the title race now, and Aston Villa will hope to spoil the party as Unai Emery returns to the Emirates.

Kick-off next!

Arsenal vs Aston Villa - pre-match thoughts from Arteta and Emery

16:22 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports, about his changes today: “It’s always about the opponent, how we can hurt them, dominate the game, earn the right to win it and what’s the best way to start. There will be changes for sure and we have to be prepared for that.”

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery, speaking to Sky Sports: “We are ready. We have to be focused on the match and our game plan for 90 minutes. We have to be defensively strong, have control of the game when we can and try to attack them.

“It’s a big challenge but we are excited, very motivated. We have a big opportunity to get three points. Of course, it will be difficult.”

Can Aston Villa claim Premier League double over Arsenal?

16:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Aston Villa have the chance today to complete just their third Premier League double over Arsenal. They did so in 2020-21, winning 3-0 at the Emirates, as well as in 1992-93.

John McGinn scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa beat Arsenal 1-0 earlier this season.

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Can Saka continue goalscoring form?

16:02 , Jamie Braidwood

If Bukayo Saka scores today he would become the first English player to score more than 15 goals in a Premier League season since Ian Wright in 1996.

The forward has been involved in 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances,

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Premier League title now in Arsenal’s hands

16:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Incredible. Crystal Palace have beaten Liverpool at Anfield.

The title is now in Arsenal’s hands with seven games to go - it was already, some may say, but the Reds now require favours from elsewhere.

Over to you, Arsenal.

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Villa boost in race for fourth

15:52 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal and Aston Villa fans would have both celebrating yesterday as Tottenham suffered a 4-0 defeat at Newcastle.

The result, which mattered more to Villa, means Unai Emery’s side have the chance to go three points clear of Spurs in the race for fourth.

Manchester United’s draw at Bournemouth means there is now a 10-point gap between fifth and sixth.

Fifth place could be enough to qualify for next season’s Champions League, of course

Newcastle’s Alexander Isak (centre) celebrates his second goal against Tottenham (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)
Newcastle’s Alexander Isak (centre) celebrates his second goal against Tottenham (Owen Humphreys/PA) (PA Wire)

Crystal Palace still leading against Liverpool

15:41 , Jamie Braidwood

It’s SOMEHOW still 1-0 at Anfield... but to Crystal Palace.

You can follow the updates from the closing stages, here, in what are a huge 15 minutes in the title race.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

Arsenal vs Aston Villa team news

15:38 , Jamie Braidwood

Some big changes from Mikel Arteta, as Arsenal host Aston Villa and look to return to the top of the Premier League.

Jorginho drops to the bench and it looks like Kai Havertz will return to midfield, with Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard both starting.

Aston Villa bring in Nicolo Zaniolo, as Moussa Diaby starts up front alongside Ollie Watkins. John McGinn and Youri Tielemans are the midfield duo, with Douglas Luiz suspended.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa confirmed line-ups!

15:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard,Rice, Havertz, Saka, Jesus, Trossard

Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; Zaniolo, Tielemans, McGinn, Rogers; Diaby, Watkins

Arsenal vs Aston Villa team news and line-ups

15:20 , Jamie Braidwood

We’re 10 minutes or so away from getting today’s line-ups from the Emirates.

How many changes will both managers make ahead of the second legs of their European ties in midweek? Arsenal go to Bayern Munich on Wednesday while Aston Villa go to Lille on Thursday.

Mikel Arteta on improved touchline behaviour

14:59 , Jamie Braidwood

Mikel Arteta wasn’t on the touchline when Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa earlier this season - because the Gunners boss was serving a one-match suspension for his behaviour on the touchline.

Arteta received three yellow cards by the turn of December - triggering a one-game ban - but has only picked up one since in the Premier League.

“It was an experience. I deserved it. I had to go upstairs because I got the yellow cards. I experienced it. I didn’t like it so hopefully it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

“The rule came up and it was very aggressive. Every time we were talking it was like ‘oh you’re going to get a yellow card’. I think now it’s a bit smoother as well. There’s a bit more understanding in both ways of what we expect from each other, that’s it.”

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Why this unprecedented Premier League title race is needed more than ever

14:29 , Jamie Braidwood

Mikel Arteta, on this occasion at least, wasn’t going to play any mind games. When asked after Arsenal’s win over Luton Town whether he would be watching the matches of Manchester City and Liverpool, he nodded happily. There was no sense of just concentrating on his own team. Arteta said he simply enjoyed watching good football, but his interest was obviously far more invested than that.

As the gatecrasher to English football’s main title rivalry, Arsenal have the most to learn. Their very presence at the top of the table, however, also gives both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola something to learn. Neither managerial great has ever been involved in a three-team title race, across 38 combined seasons.

Both have admitted to feeling a new excitement about it, as well as a different tension. There’s a crackle, that sense of event in almost every match. You can feel that gripping tension before each game, and it’s now in three dressing rooms. As evenings stretch out and nerves tighten, there’s nothing like it.

A three-way race between Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and a classic title run-in comes as the Premier League faces a crisis off the pitch, writes Miguel Delaney

Why this unprecedented Premier League title race is needed more than ever

Crystal Palace lead at Liverpool!

14:27 , Jamie Braidwood

Wow - a twist in the title race? Crystal Palace have made a brilliant start at Anfield and Eberechi Eze has fired the Eagels ahead in front of the Kop, as Liverpool once again concede the opening goal.

You can follow updates from Anfield, here


Premier League title race: Who has the best fixtures – Liverpool, Man City or Arsenal?

14:01 , Jamie Braidwood

We’re underway at Anfield! Can Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League table and put the pressure on Arsenal? Manchester City did what was required yesterday - and of the three teams in the title race, it is perhaps the Gunners who have the hardest run of fixtures...

You can check them all out, here


Mikel Arteta praises ‘unbelievable’ Unai Emery ahead of Arsenal return

13:29 , Jamie Braidwood

Mikel Arteta praised Unai Emery as the former Gunners boss prepares to take his Champions League chasing Aston Villa side back to the Emirates.

"Unai's had such a big impact at the club in terms of performances and consistency. It is unbelievable what he is doing in European competition and I'm impressed,” he said.

"He's unbelievable and he's done it in so many different countries and he's been incredibly successful.

"He's close to my home town and I have huge admiration for him and I wish him the best after Sunday. What he's doing is really impressive."

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Unai Emery on ‘different’ Arsenal challenge

12:59 , Jamie Braidwood

Aston Villa won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier this season, as Unai Emery’s side defeated the Gunners and Manchester City in the space of four days at Villa Park.

Emery - though - believes his team’s visit to the Emirates will be a very different challenge.

“It is a different context, different circumstances and not really something other than respecting them,” he said.

“It’s different, the game we played at home in December to the match we are going to play on Sunday.

“There are a lot of the same players fighting but different because we are playing in a different context, they are fighting for the Premier League and we are fighting them trying to keep our fifth position and fighting with Tottenham.”

Arteta ‘super excited’ as Arsenal enter crucial run

12:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Here we go again. How can Arsenal respond to the challenge of playing after Manchester City and Liverpool this weekend?

Mikel Arteta has urged his side to give even more as his side look to lift their first league title since 2004.

“We can be in the semi-finals of the Champions League and top of the Premier League so every game is going to define what our future looks like,” he said.

"They are super excited about what we are doing, the way the team is performing, winning matches, they want more.

"We know the task and challenge ahead of us and how good we have to be to win but we will try.”


Arsenal vs Aston Villa betting tips: Premier League odds, predictions and free bets

12:20 , Jamie Braidwood

With both of their Premier League title rivals playing ahead of them this weekend, Arsenal could drop from first place into third before kick-off against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon (4.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event).

The Gunners moved to the Premier League summit following their 3-0 win over Brighton last week, edging ahead of Liverpool on goal difference following the Reds’ draw against Manchester United.

Manchester City are lurking just one point behind and will have first crack at piling the pressure on their rivals in their clash against Luton on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s men played out a 2-2 draw in the week in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich. Mistakes cost the Gunners as Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane fired Bayern ahead after Bukayo Saka’s opener before Leandro Trossard levelled the tie.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa betting tips: Premier League odds, predictions and free bets

Arsenal vs Aston Villa - early team news

12:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Predicted line ups

Arsenal XI: Raya: White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Jorginho, Odegaard, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Jesus

Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; Bailey, Tielemans, Iroegbunam, Rogers; McGinn; Watkins

How can I watch Arsenal vs Aston Villa?

12:17 , Jamie Braidwood

When is it?

Arsenal vs Aston Villa kicks off at 4.30pm BST on Sunday 14 April 2024 at the Emirates.

How can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sport Main Event with coverage beginning at 4pm. Subscribers can stream via the SkyGo app and website.

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa - early team news

12:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Mikel Arteta said his side had some fitness issues following the 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich, but was hopeful Jurrien Timber would be the only member of his squad who is unavailable.

Villa will be without the suspended Douglas Luiz, who picked up his 10th booking of the season and will miss the next two games. Clement Lenglet missed the game against Lille with a “small” injury and joined Matty Cash, Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendia, Boubacar Kamara and Jacob Ramsey on the absence list.

Good afternoon

12:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal will hope to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table when they host Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners’ overtook Liverpool thanks to a 3-0 win over Brighton away from home but only have the buffer of a superior goal difference meaning they cannot afford to drop points. The Reds play Crystal Palace earlier in the day and could jump ahead of Mikel Arteta’s team who will be focused on their own gameplan against a tricky Aston Villa side.

Villa come into the match locked in a tight battle for fourth place with Tottenham. Spurs moved ahead of Unai Emery’s midlands side after they drew with Brentford but have a tougher run into the end of the season. If Villa can take points away from the Gunners this afternoon they will be well placed to challenge for the Champions League over the remaining fixtures.

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