Preview: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa

Robin van Persie
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Arsenal can stretch their lead in third place with a win over Aston Villa at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal have the chance of extending their lead in third place of the Premier League with a triumph over Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Gunners leapfrogged local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the table after defeating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park in mid-week, while Aston Villa will attempt to clinch their second victory in seven games.

Arsene Wenger could start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott at the Emirates, with Robin van Persie leading the line and Aaron Ramsey slotting in midfield.

Villa boss Alex McLeish will have to continue without Richard Dunne and Ciaran Clarke until April but Charles N'Zogbia should keep his place on the wing for the trip to North London.

Current form:

Arsenal: LWWWWW
Aston Villa: DLLDDW

Possible lineups:

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs; Walcott, Ramsey, Arteta, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Van Persie

Aston Villa: Given; Hutton, Warnock, Collins, Cuellar; N'Zogbia, Ireland, Petrov, Albrighton; Herd, Agbonlahor

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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