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Premier League (EPL) 23 Feb 2013 Arsenal FC 2 – Aston Villa 1
Premier League (EPL) 24 Nov 2012 Aston Villa 0 – Arsenal FC 0
Premier League (EPL) 24 Mar 2012 Arsenal FC 3 – Aston Villa 0
FA Cup (FA) 29 Jan 2012 Arsenal FC 3 – Aston Villa 2
Premier League (EPL) 21 Dec 2011 Aston Villa 1 – Arsenal FC 2
Arsenal boast decent head to head form in the Premier League having lost only one of their last nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (W5 D3).
Arsene Wenger’s side finished last season with a 10-game unbeaten run (W8 D2) and lost just one of their last 16 fixtures to secure a top-four berth yet again.
Aston Villa won one more point (21) away from home than they did at home (20) in the last season, and have won just two of their last 19 trips to face Arsenal. Only Chelsea (three) have won more away Premier League games at the Emirates than Aston Villa (two).
The Villains have won just one point from their last seven Premier League away trips to the capital.
Arsenal have not lost any of their last 12 opening Premier League games (W8 D4), though they have drawn their last three.
Villa have played their opening fixtures away from Villa Park 12 times in the Premier League era and have only won once (1-0 at Newcastle in 1999), drawing seven and losing four.
Darren Bent has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League games against Arsenal and has scored three in three at the Emirates, but Benteke is the man to watch.
The Emirates Stadium saw more goals than any other stadium in the Premier League last season (70)
Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1
Note: Stats from Opta