Arsene Wenger will see his side welcome Aston Villa to The Emirates and hope to put another frustratingly barron transfer window behind him.
Arsenal have seen two bids for Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez rejected, while Wolfsburg have beaten them to the signing of Bayern munich’s Luiz Gustavo. However the Gunners faithful will be buoyed by the pre-season form of Oliver Giroud, who has netted eight goals.
The main talking point of Villa’s season last time out was Belgian striker Christian Benteke. The big centre forward had a very impressive debut season and it looked likely he would move on to a bigger club after handing in a transfer request. However, an apparent turnaround from the player saw him sign a new contract instead, and with him leading the line Villa fans will hope for a better season this time around.
Arsenal’s injury list does not make for happy reading with four players set to miss the opening game in the shape of Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta, while Theo Walcoot and Bacary Sanga are carrying knocks.
Aston Villa have only Charles N’Zogbia definitely out injured following a Achilles problem. Chris Herd and Yacouba Sylla are both doubtful with a calf injury and ankle injury respectively.
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