Can Unai Emery fix Arsenal's defence?
<div><div><div><div id=":vj"><div id=":vi"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Arsenal vs Aston Villa</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/premier-league/arsenal-fc-vs-aston-villa-3838808/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday September 22, at The Emirates</strong></a></p><p>The pressure has been piled on Arsenal manager Unai Emery after his team blew a two-goal lead in embarrassing fashion on Sunday. They were cruising against Watford, but they insisted on gifting their opponents chances via dodgy shot goal kick routines, sloppy passing and abominable defending. It finished 2-2 and in the end the Gunners were lucky to escape Vicarage Road with a point. They can be thankful for Pierre-Emerick Abameyang, the clinical Gabonese forward that seemingly scores with every half chance he gets, and he will be crucial to their chances of toppling Aston Villa in this game.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Alexandre Lacazette is out for the next month and Eddie Nketiah is on loan at Leeds, so Aubameyang is Arsenal’s only fit striker. He will continue to lead the line in the Europa League and the Premier League, and that spells bad news for Arsenal’s opponents. Yet the Gunners are lumbered with an extremely poor backline. They sold their best defender, Nacho Monreal, to Real Sociedad, and they now have Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as full-backs. Neither can defend, and Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin cannot return from injury soon enough. David Luiz is fast proving to be a disastrous signing, and Sokratis was also woeful against Watford, so Villa could fancy their chances of scoring in this game.</p><p>Dean Smith’s men have drawn a blank in their last two games, and teammates Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi came close to blows in their 0-0 draw with West Ham on Monday. It remains to be seen if El Ghazi will be dropped for his role in the incident, as he looked like the chief aggressor. Smith needs a lot more from forwards Weslety and Jota, as Jonathan Kodija in injured and his other options in attack are limited. Mayy Targett could return from injury in time for this game.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Aston Villa have lost both away games so far this season, and The Emirates is a bit of a fortress these days, so Arsenal really should win it. You can find odds of 1.40 (2/5) on a home win, and that looks good for an acca. Give them a handicap or throw in another caveat for more value. You might also consider a both teams to score and over 2.5 goals bet, as it has paid off in each of Arsenal’s last four games. They are excellent going forwards, but dreadful at the back, so that should be a popular wager all season.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) with Coral</a>; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Boyle Sports">both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with Boyle Sports</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>