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Arsenal hosts Aston Villa as the Premier League resumes. The home team will look to stretch its recent unbeaten streak. Watch Arsenal vs. Aston Villa: TV channel, live stream info, start time for Friday’s Premier League match

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Aston Villa has defeated Arsenal in the past three meetings between the clubs. Aston Villa will travel to Emirates Stadium on Friday looking to replicate the 3–0 thumping from their last visit 11 months ago.

But the Gunners are unbeaten in their six matches across all competitions and host Friday’s match with a pep in their step as they look to move into the top half of the Premier League table.

How to Watch Arsenal vs. Aston Villa

Game Date: Oct. 22, 2021

Game Time: 2:55 p.m. ET

TV: NBC Universo

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has overseen a woeful run of results in the club’s games against Aston Villa. But now it’s the latter club that finds itself struggling for consistency.

Aston Villa improved to finish 11th last season having only just avoided relegation the season prior.

This season, Aston Villa sits just a point below Arsenal, though the club has taken just three points from a possible 12 away from home this term.

Those points came in the form of a 1–0 win at Old Trafford in late September. Kortney Hause’s late decider against Manchester United provides proof the team can perform on the road.

Arsenal have drawn their last two games. The team battled from behind to share the spoils at home to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace last time out.

In the meeting between these teams last November, Ollie Watkins scored twice as Aston Villa waltzed to victory. The England striker could do with a boost this time around after converting just once in six outings this season.

Arsenal is 1-3 against Aston Villa since September of 2019, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Friday. They are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 3 p.m. ET at Emirates Stadium.

On Monday, Arsenal and Crystal Palace ended up with a point apiece after a 2-2 draw.

Speaking of close games: Villa entered their contest against Wolverhampton this past Saturday without any home losses — but there’s a first time for everything. The Lions fell a goal short of Wolverhampton, losing 3-2. The match was a 0-0 toss-up at halftime, but Villa was outplayed the rest of the way.

After unsatisfying finishes in their previous games, both teams are out for the full three points in this fixture.

Arsenal make it two home games in the space of just five days on Friday evening as they welcome an Aston Villa side to have beaten them twice last season.

While Monday night’s draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium was a stark reminder of some of the tactical issues Mikel Arteta is yet to work out, his side are unbeaten in five outings and could move up to eighth with a victory. Villa, meanwhile, have lost their last two games and their late collapse at home Wolverhampton Wanderers over the course of the weekend should offer some hope to an Arsenal attack who have so underperformed.

If Arteta is going to make any real progress this season, these are the games he needs to win. A convincing performance at home to a team many would have at least predicted could be challengers for Europa League qualification before the campaign started would be a statement of intent and suggest this young Arsenal team are getting better.

Fail to win, however, and it would be three leagues without a victory. Indeed, such are the standards a club like Arsenal will want to set, that would raise more serious questions about their trajectory under the Spaniard.

Arsenal need to start winning football matches. In a bad way. The Gunners are basically a quarter of the way through the Premier League campaign and in danger of having another “lost season” where the club is only peripherally relevant.

Today, Mikel Arteta’s charges take on a visiting Aston Villa club that has been somewhat of a recent bugaboo for the Gunners. Villa have won their previous 3 league matches against Arsenal, which is as many wins as they’d managed in the 36 matches before that.

I’m not sure how much insight those results provide, however. Arsenal will have four or five (or more) significant changes from those starting lineups that have dropped the last three against Villa. Aston Villa, of course, will be without Jack Grealish, who was sold to Manchester City in the summer. They’ve added Danny Ings, Emi Buendia, and Leon Bailey with the money from the sale, but my feeling is that they aren’t quite as good this season as they were last. They’re still figuring out their best lineup, and the attackers are still learning each other. I’m also generally of the belief that it’s difficult, near impossible, to replace the contributions of an elite-level player like Grealish, regardless of how much improvement you make elsewhere in the lineup.

But it may not matter that Villa’s form has dipped from last season because Arsenal are struggling. Yes, the club is getting results (which is infinitely better than not picking up points), but the performances on the pitch have been lacking. The side looks disorganized going forward and cannot generate chances from open play. On top of that, key, backbone players like Thomas Partey, Martin Ødegaard, Kieran Tierney, and Bukayo Saka are not playing up to the levels we think they are capable of.

It’s a bit of a “chicken-egg” situation — are they playing poorly because the system / tactics are muddled or do things look disjointed because the important pieces are out of form? It’s probably a bit of Column A, a bit of Column B.

Arsenal are too static. When an Arsenal player receives the ball centrally and looks up, too often his teammates are stood next to their marker instead of making a forward run or checking back to make themselves an outlet. That bit feels like a tactical problem. The rigid structure Mikel Arteta has imposed has dulled the movement and creativity in the attack.

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