Arsenal XI vs Aston Villa: Martinelli dropped - Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest today

 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Gabriel Martinelli has been dropped as Arsenal make two changes to their starting line-up to face Aston Villa today.

Emile Smith Rowe is on the bench having been out injured since the end of January, which followed a spell on the sidelines since September as a result of a groin problem.

That means Leandro Trossard starts at Villa Park with Ben White replacing Takehiro Tomiyasu in defence.


“Emile is training today, if he’s fine he’ll be in the squad,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal are without Thomas Partey, who missed the defeat to Manchester City with a back problem. That means Jorginho starts in midfield.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jorginho, Odegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Trossard.

Subs: Turner, Tierney, Holding, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nelson, Martinelli.

Saturday 12.30pm GMT, BT Sport

Venue: Villa Park

Referee: Simon Hooper

Arsenal squad from: Hein, Ramsdale, Turner; Gabriel, Holding, Kiwior, Saliba, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe, Trossard, Vieira, Xhaka; Martinelli, Nelson and Nketiah.

Injured: Elneny (knee) and Jesus (knee).

Doubts: Partey (back)