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CONFIRMED: Jesus Leads The Line Again – Arsenal Starting XI To Demolish Aston Villa

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Arsenal hand a first start of the season to Albert Sambi Lokonga against Aston Villa in the Premier League tonight.

The high-flying Gunners are light on midfield options as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey are still struggling for fitness and missed Saturday’s win over Fulham. Mohamed Elneny is also out with a hamstring injury.

 

Partey is struggling with a thigh issue and Zinchenko has a knee problem, with Arsenal having to assess both players in the week.

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Partey’s injury is similar to the one that forced him to miss the last six weeks of last season, although Arteta says it is “hopefully” not as severe.

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Zinchenko, meanwhile, was at Emirates Stadium on Saturday wearing a knee brace and there was some optimism he could be in the squad against Villa this evening.

Asked at the weekend if Partey or Zinchenko had a chance of playing against Villa, Arteta said: “I don’t think so. We still have to make another scan, especially on Thomas but I don’t think they will be available.

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“Let’s see [if it is long or short term]. I cannot see yet.”

 

Asked if Partey’s injury was similar to last season, Arteta added: “Similar area, hopefully not as bad.”

 

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Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

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Subs: Turner, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Holding, Smith, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Marquinhos, Nketiah.

 

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Wednesday 7.30pm BST, BT Sport

 

Venue: Emirates Stadium

 

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Referee: Robert Jones

 

Arsenal squad from: Hein, Ramsdale, Turner; Bellerin, Cedric, Gabriel, Holding, Mari, Saliba, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White; Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Xhaka; Jesus, Martinelli, Marquinhos and Nketiah.

 

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Injured: Elneny (hamstring), Nelson (thigh), Partey (thigh)

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Doubt: Zinchenko (knee)

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