Arsenal vs Aston Villa: 5 key players with progress on the mind

Arsenal, David Luiz (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

I’m still not even sure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will start in this match, but let’s just assume that he’s going to, because someone has to be in there to score goals and because I do think, deep down, that Mikel Arteta wants to give Aubameyang every chance to win the golden boot that he possibly can.

With two pristine goals against Manchester City, Aubameyang will be looking to get back to scoring in the Premier League, especially seeing as how he was left out against Liverpool.

Aston Villa is the perfect subject for him. They may not allow him the space to run in behind, as I do believe we’ll be controlling the flow of the match and keeping Villa hemmed in, but that has never stopped Aubameyang in the past.

The opportunities will come and it will be up to Aubameyang to keep his quest for the golden boot alive. He’s three back from Jamie Vardy and you can be sure that he’s aware of that.

On to No. 1.