Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Preview
Jack Wilshere is ready to start against Aston Villa on Sunday according Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager.
The 24-year-old has missed the majority of the Gunners’ season with a broken leg but returned to action last month with a brace of U21 appearances before featuring off the bench against Sunderland and Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League.
Wenger’s side are hoping to steal second place from Tottenham Hotspur and the Frenchman believes Wilshere should also be selected for England’s UEFA Euro 2016 campaign despite a lack of match time.
“He can start,” said Wenger. “He played  minutes in a very intense game [against Manchester City]. I believe he can start; I haven’t decided yet but there is no problem as to why he couldn’t start. I consider him a player who is ready to play.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) will miss out against Villa, but Mesut Ozil (thigh) is back in training and Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini could be in contention for a final appearance in Arsenal colours.
Villa will bring the curtain down on a campaign that has cost them their BPL status for the first time.
They have not won since February and lost 2-0 to Arsenal in December’s reverse fixture, making it nine defeats from their last 11 meetings with the Gunners. The match is likely to provide a last outing for numerous Villa players, with the club seeking a fresh start in the Championship next term.
Arsenal (from): Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Coquelin, Elneny, Flamini, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Campbell, Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott.
Aston Villa (from): Bunn, Guzan, Bacuna, Clark, Hutton, Lescott, Okore, Richards, Gil, Gueye, Grealish, N’Zogbia, Sanchez, Sinclair, Veretout, Westwood, Ayew, Gestede, Kozak, Traore.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistants: J Brooks, A Halliday Fourth Official: R East
– Aston Villa have lost nine of their last 11 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (W1 D1).
– Arsenal have scored 14 goals without reply in the last four matches against Villa across all competitions.
– Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last five appearances against Aston Villa.
– Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 matches on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season (W8 D2). The last team to beat them on the final day was Birmingham City in 2005