Relegation threatened Aston Villa will face off against a resurgent Arsenal side in a Premier League clash at Villa Park on Monday evening.

Villa heads into the clash in 18th place on the standings with 31 points and two games remaining.

They can potentially escape the relegation zone if Watford loses to Manchester City and they beat Arsenal.

A victory could also leave them on the verge of escaping the drop-zone.

Dean Smith’s side can fancy their chances of a positive result given that the Gunners have struggled for consistency throughout the season.

Mikel Arteta’s side will be confident though, after having won their last two games in all competitions against Manchester City and Liverpool.

Danny Drinkwater could be set to make his first start for Villa since the restart after recovering from a minor injury, according to BBC Sport.

The report added that Kortney Hause is also expected to return to the match-day squad though Neil Taylor will not feature in the game due to a hamstring problem.

Villa have no option but to play an open brand of football.

They will have to try and win the game to boost their chances of survival.

It could possibly backfire, especially given that Arsenal attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are currently in-form players.

Arsenal’s defence which has been wobbly throughout the season, was surprisingly solid against Liverpool and City.

The Villa attack could have a difficult task on their plate to penetrate the Gunners backline. Nevertheless, they must go all-out.

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