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Aston Villa vs Arsenal Premier League preview: Grealish back as desperate Villans look to stop Giroud

Arsenal fans will be wondering which team will turn up at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon. Having destroyed Olympiakos in the Champions League during the week, the Gunners will be missing several key men and could be hit by the fatigue that comes with two weeks of non-stop football.

Without Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal may struggle through the middle, and if Villa can press and hassle them the way they did against Manchester City last month, a nasty shock could be on the cards.

However, Villa have injury concerns of their own, as captain Micah Richards could miss his second successive game with a knee problem.

Remi Garde is set to recall young midfielder Jack Grealish to his squad, though, after he was left out for the past two weeks, and Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede have given him a further boost by being declared fit after sustaining minor knocks.

Villa are in desperate need of points, but if Arsenal can carry the same confidence into Sunday that they had during the week, the Villans could be in for another very long afternoon.

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