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Aston Villa vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 21: Open Thread

Villa Park 600x450 Aston Villa vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 21: Open Thread

Arsenal have an opportunity to move back to the top of the Premier League table today in a match against strugglers Aston Villa. Despite the Villans beating Arsenal on the opening day of the season, the Gunners have gone from strength to strength, but Aston Villa will want to reverse the trend of their poor home form.

For viewers in the United States, today’s match between Aston Villa and Arsenal kicks off at 3pm ET on NBCSN. Pre-match coverage on NBC begins at 2pm ET.

Starting line-ups:

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Subs: Steer, Sylla, Bacuna, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Albrighton

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Gnabry, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju-Young Park

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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10 Responses to Aston Villa vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 21: Open Thread

  1. Jim says:

    Aston Villa haven’t beaten Arsenal at Villa Park in 14 matches. Arsenal have only lost 4 matches in 30 to Aston Villa. Will this change today? I doubt it especially since Villa are worse at home than away.

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    I disagree with Robbie Mustoe’s pre-match analysis that there are no poor teams in the Premier League this season.

    I would argue that there are fewer — but Fulham, Sunderland and West Ham have been dire except for a few good results from each team. Crystal Palace have also been poor.

  3. Emmett says:

    NBC went half an hour recapping the weekend with no commercials. Just a bit of an improvement over Fox Soccer Channel… I do miss those Proactiv commercials though ;)

  4. Abdirahman says:

    Its first time i have seen alan parry infront of tv what a smart guy. He is legend.

  5. Matt Jones says:

    Interesting discussion on Sky about the Sterling penalty. Neville said he doesn’t blame players for going down if the defender leaves a leg hanging out.

    Said he’d be encouraging him to do exactly the same for England at the world cup and win his team the game. Interesting

  6. Ianor says:

    Yeah.i was surprised when i saw commentator alan pary.actually he was shying alittle bit the front of cameras.

  7. Matt Jones says:

    Such a bizarre injury that. Hope he’s OK!

  8. Matt Jones says:

    Just got up to get a drink, sat back down and it was 2-0!

    Total capitulation from Villa.

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