Alexis Sanchez is set be rested when Arsenal face Aston Villa which can only be good news for the Gunners.
Goal.com are among the sources suggesting the Chilean will be rested for visit of the Villans in order to recover from a hamstring niggle.
Sanchez has either scored or assisted 23 of Arsenal’s 54 goals across the Premier League and Champions League this term.
Yet his teammates have proven themselves more than capable of thrashing lesser foes in poor form without him in the XI.
A scratch Gunners’ side including Lukas Podolski smashed up Galatasaray, who had recently been bested by Anderlecht and battered by Borussia Dortmund.
Previously, Villa themselves were swept aside 3-0 without Sanchez’s assistance.
Even a resurgent Brighton were 3-1 down in front of a record AMEX Stadium gate before his 70th-minute introduction last time out.
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Arsenal are 19/10 to overcome a two-goal handicap and still down Paul Lambert’s men.
Don’t let a 2-1 win over Bournemouth reserves mislead you, Villa are still incredibly goal shy, meaning their hosts should only have to notch three times.
They last scored a Premier League goal on the December 20, 2014 and they’ve treated their travelling fans to a sum total of four away goals in 11 games this term.