Aston Villa v Arsenal preview

BY foxsports • December 20, 2011

Villa have a number of injuries ahead of their visit to Arsenal. Darren Bent has not recovered from a thigh injury, while Chris Herd (ankle) will also be out. Emile Heskey will be missing with an Achilles problem, while James Collins is doubtful for the game, having picked up a knee injury. However, Gabriel Agbonlahor will return after serving a suspension against Liverpool. Arsenal will be without any recognised full-backs at Villa Park. Johan Djourou joined Kieran Gibbs (hernia), Andre Santos (ankle), Carl Jenkinson (back) and Bacary Sagna (ankle) on the sidelines on Sunday when he suffered a groin strain at Manchester City that will keep him out for around three weeks. Ignasi Miquel or Sebastien Squillaci could therefore make a rare start in defence. Alex Song is suspended and Jack Wilshere (ankle), Lukasz Fabianski (knee), Vito Mannone (shoulder), Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are out. Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Marshall, Clark, Collins, Hutton, Cuellar, Warnock, Dunne, Delph, Ireland, Lowry, Petrov, Johnson, Albrighton, Bannan, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Weimann, Burke. Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Squillaci, Djourou, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie, Almunia, Miquel, Benayoun, Frimpong, Arshavin, Chamakh, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain.