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The teams have been announced for our final day clash with Aston Villa, and there are a few curve balls thrown our way. The team is largely as you’d expect in most areas, but the midfield is very unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time.
Petr Cech continues in goal despite a couple of mistakes against Manchester City. Per Mertesacker is still seemingly unavailable and Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista therefore keep their places. Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin start either side as expected, with Kieran Gibbs on the bench.
It’s a new look midfield however, with Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere starting in the pivot roles. The England international is getting his first start this season, and will be looking to impress Roy Hodgson ahead of the Euros this summer. Santi Cazorla seemingly starts ahead of them in the No.10 role, with Mesut Özil pushed out wide.
Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud keep their places, although the setup of the team may see more two up front than one lone target man.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 15, 2016
Mikel Arteta is among those on the bench and should get a cameo at some point in the game, but Tomas Rosicky is unfortunately absent.
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The Aston Villa team is as follows:
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 15, 2016
We should unquestionably be taking all three points against Villa, as they have been among the worst Premier League teams in history this season.
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You can’t take anything for granted in the Premier League though, and this game isn’t just a formality, so we need to get the win. Both second and third place are still potentially up for grabs, so really we need to take all three points and put the pressure on Manchester City and Tottenham.