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Rupert Wyman 14th May 2011 - 17:34

Back under the goals at the Emirates

It has been another frustrating season for Arsenal fans and Monsieur Wenger. Yet again they failed to deliver a trophy and Wenger may finally need to open his cheque book.

With Liverpool's improved performances in the second half of this season, City's endless funds and Redknapp at Tottenham, Arsenal may just be fighting for a Champions League spot next season.

Once again this summer, there will be the 'will he or won't he' rumours about the future of Fabregas.  David Silva wants his Spanish teammate to join him at Man City this summer and they also offer Champions League football.

Arsenal are 4/11 to win at home, the draw is 15/4 and the Villa win is 7/1. Wenger will want to win because the Gooners still have a chance of finishing second but the players may not be so interested.

Aston Villa are still without their manager Houllier, after he was admitted to hospital last month suffering from heart problems.  There has been speculation as to whether he will return to manage the club or if he will retire from football.

Arsenal have only won two of their last nine league games and Aston Villa are 5/1 to win draw no bet. One player that has impressed for Arsenal this season is Robin van Persie.  The Dutch star is 7/2 to grab the first goal and he is definitely the club's most potent threat in-front of goal.

One player who has a big future at Arsenal is Aaron Ramsey. He is 9/1 to bag the first goal and 10/3 to score anytime. He suffered a horrific broken leg against Stoke last season but he looks like he is fully over the injury. He was excellent when Arsenal beat Man United and he is more than capable of replacing Fabregas should he leave.

Aston Villa's Ashley Young has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer. He looks a big price at 14/1 to score first, Villa have a rapid attack and they will play on the break.

According to Opta, the Emirates is the only stadium yet to see a Premier League goal scored from outside the area. So for this game's Match Winner, you can back Arsenal to score from outside the area at a special price of 2/1.

Villa have dropped twenty-six points from winning positions this season and they can take the lead on the break at the Emirates. Arsenal are 6/1 to come from behind and win and 4/1 to come from behind and win or draw.

It is hard to make a case for Villa to win at the Emirates. They have only won three times on the road this season.  However, the game is not that important to either side and back under 2.5 goals at a big price, 11/8. Villa would settle for a draw and Arsenal wouldn't mind the 1-0 win (15/2).



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