Sead Kolasinac was substituted in Thursday’s Europa League win because of a minor problem but Arsenal are hopeful he will be fit.
Rob Holding may be in contention and academy graduates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka will hope to feature after both scored versus Eintracht Frankfurt.
Aston Villa winger Trezeguet returns after a one-game ban and Matt Targett has overcome a hamstring injury.
Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester remain sidelined.
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Martin Fisher: One team can’t stop conceding, the other have stopped scoring… something has to give at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s sloppy second-half display at Watford was alarming and unless they cut out basic errors they have little chance of finishing in the top four.
After successive blanks, Villa will be hoping Gunners generosity will last a little longer. Dean Smith’s net spend was greater than any other Premier League manager over the summer and overall he’ll be encouraged by the way his new side is gelling, with lack of goals the only cause for concern.
I expect Villa’s drought to end but I think Arsenal will outscore them.
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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery: “I think every player can be important for us.
“Sometimes we are going to have one plan and we’ll need to change that to use different players in each match.
“We have some new players and players who we need to work with for their adaptation in the next matches. Progressively, they’re getting better.”
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: “Any team is beatable, we saw that with Norwich’s result against Manchester City.
“When you go head-to-head against anybody you’ve got to have that belief but we know how tough it is at the Emirates.
“We’ve got great belief in what our players are about and we saw with that trip to Tottenham that we can go toe-to-toe with these teams.”
It was a case of ‘same old Arsenal’ with their defensive collapse against Watford on Sunday.
The Gunners still have a weakness at the back but, from what I’ve seen of them so far this season, I don’t think Aston Villa have got the attacking power to take advantage.
- Arsenal have won six consecutive league and cup games against Aston Villa, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last five.
- Villa have won three Premier League away games at Arsenal, a tally exceeded only by Manchester United and Chelsea (both have four victories).
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League home games (W15, D4), with the solitary defeat coming against Crystal Palace in April.
- They have recorded one clean sheet in their last 10 league matches, conceding two goals or more in six of those games.
- The Gunners have made 14 errors leading directly to Premier League goals since August 2018, more than any other side.
- They have also conceded a joint-league high 10 penalties since the start of last season, including three in the current campaign.
- Since Unai Emery took charge, Arsenal have faced an unrivalled 47 Premier League shots after losing possession within 40m of their own goal.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in the last seven league games he has started at the Emirates Stadium.
- Villa have lost nine straight away matches in the top flight, one shy of their club record, set from 1924 to 1925.
- They are also winless in 20 Premier League away games (D3, L17), with their most recent victory coming at Bournemouth on the opening day of the 2015-16 season.
- The Villans have lost 13 of their previous 14 league fixtures against sides from the established top six, earning their only point in a goalless draw with Manchester City in November 2015.
- Jack Grealish has been fouled 179 times in league football (including play-offs) since the start of last season, more than any other player in the top four tiers.
The prime minister was visiting the maternity ward at Whipps Cross Hospital when he was approached by a father.
The man, who is also a Labour activist, told Boris Johnson that the ward was understaffed and the NHS was being destroyed.
A spokesman for the prime minister later said Mr Johnson was visiting public services to see for himself the reality of the situation.
They added the prime minister was “not going to hide away from those circumstances when he goes on these visits, and so obviously is keen to talk to people and empathise and see what he can do to help.
“It’s also a reminder of why exactly he is so keen to make the NHS a priority.”
Sadiq Khan’s former policing adviser has joined the Liberal Democrats, saying his children were no longer safe in London due to rising violence.
Leroy Logan, a former police superintendent, said he quit the Labour Party over the London mayor’s failure to “grasp” knife crime.
Mr Logan will now become policing adviser to the Lib Dem mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita.
Mr Khan said he was wished Mr Logan “all the best of luck in the Lib Dems”.
“I think lots of parents, me included, are concerned about safety in London and across the country,” the mayor added.
“One of the things I’ve been keen to do since I became mayor is to persuade the government to realise that their cuts over the last nine years have consequences.”
Speaking at the Lib Dem’s conference, Mr Logan said: “I’ve seen my children and their generation grow up in fear.
“It’s so tangible. It’s been normalised to such an extent it can happen anywhere, not just small pockets of deprived areas.”
Mr Logan said the mayor “doesn’t really understand” knife crime, and had “isolated himself” on the issue.
“He’s surrounded himself with people who think they are problem solvers, but are creating more problems on the street because they’ve lost touch with what is going on.”
Mr Logan previously criticised the choice of Lib Peck to run London’s Violence Reduction Unit – a role he had also applied for.
Ms Benita, who is running in London’s 2020 Mayoral election, said: “Sadiq has wasted his mayoral term in not addressing this issue with the urgency it needs.
“While he continues to blame other people, our young children in London continue to be traumatised, petrified and at risk. There is so, so much more we can do.”
Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League club.
The England Under-21 international has been at the club since he was four.
Willock, who made his debut in September 2017 in a League Cup game against Doncaster, started Arsenal’s first three Premier League games this season.
“It is only right in my heart and my mind to continue my career here,” the 20-year-old told Arsenal.com.
He added: “The manager has put a lot of faith in not just me but a load of youngsters so far this season – every day in training he is encouraging to us.”
The funeral of “very special” teenager Nora Quoirin, who died after vanishing on a family holiday in Malaysia, has been held in Belfast.
Nora’s family “united in unspeakable pain” to return to the same church where she was baptised as a baby, mourners heard.
Fr Edward O’Donnell said 15-year-old Nora had depended on others and “gifted others with immeasurable love and joy”.
She was missing for 10 days before her body was recovered on 13 August.
She was found beside a stream about 1.6 miles (2.5km) from the jungle resort of Dusun, where she was staying with her family.
A post-mortem examination revealed she died from internal bleeding probably caused by hunger and stress and Malaysian Police said there was no suspicion of foul play.
Nora’s family had believed she was abducted from their accommodation in the holiday resort.
Following the post mortem examination, her family said the test results gave “some information” but she died in “extremely complex circumstances”.
Nora had been described by her family as vulnerable having been born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development.
Speaking after her body was found, her Irish-French parents, Meabh and Sebastien, who lived in London, spoke of their heartbreak after losing their “truest, most precious girl”.
Fr O’Donnell recalled the “joy filled afternoon” for Meabh and Sebasatien when Nora was baptised at St Brigid’s Church in Derryvolgie Avenue.
Speaking of her “gentleness and her innocence”, he said she had brought much joy to her family, including her brother and sister.
Two more people have been arrested in a murder investigation in east London, police have said.
Santino Angelo Dymiter, 18, from Plaistow, was found fatally injured at Chadd Green on 26 August.
The two in custody are a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder and a 24-year-old man suspected of assisting an offender.
A 14-year-old boy from Barking was charged with Mr Dymiter’s murder on Saturday and remanded to a secure unit.
He will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Transport for London (TfL) will install a 20mph speed limit on all central London roads it manages from next year, following a consultation.
The scheme would see a new limit along 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment and Borough High Street by May 2020.
There were nearly 2,000 responses to a public consultation which ran for five weeks until 10 July.
TfL said: “We know that lower speeds save lives; it’s that simple.”
The plan is part of the mayor of London’s Vision Zero scheme, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital by 2041.
The affected roads include all those managed by TfL within the congestion zone, along with the Aldgate Gyratory.
The height of pedestrian crossings will be increased in seven “high-risk” locations, such as on the Embankment and outside Tate Britain.
Of the 1,912 public responses, about half said the plans would lead to more people walking. Some 59% said many more people would choose to cycle.
Nearly 50% of respondents believed the proposals would have no impact on the number of car journeys. Some 58% believed the number business journeys would not be affected.
Penny Rees, of TfL, said: “It’s clear people agree that making our roads safer will encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans.”
Roads which would have the new limits are:
- Albert Embankment
- Lambeth Palace Road
- Lambeth Bridge
- Victoria Embankment
- Upper Thames Street
- Lower Thames Street
- Tower Hill
- Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
- Borough High Street
- Great Dover Street
- Blackfriars Road
- Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
- Crucifix Lane
- Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
- Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
Transport bosses have said they also hope to introduce lower speed limits on 93 miles (150km) of streets run by TfL across London over the next five years.
Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Florence Eshalomi, said: “We suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.
“Every life lost on the road is tragedy. Particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.”
A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in east London.
Police officers were called to Byford Close in Stratford at 18:45 BST on Tuesday following a report of a fight, the Met Police said.
One witness said she saw the teenager “collapse on to the floor” and paramedics “tried their best for an hour” but they were unable to save him.
No arrests have been made but the death is being treated as murder. It is the 93rd homicide in the capital this year.
The witness, who wanted to remain anonymous, said paramedics had “arrived straight away” to treat the boy “but when they couldn’t save him I saw one of them crying”.
A man who said he had lived in the area for 30 years told the Press Association there had been “numerous stabbings” in recent years.
“It used to be a peaceful area but now it’s become a terror to live in,” he said.
A section 60 order, which allows police to stop and search people, was put in place for the whole of Newham borough until 12:30.
A man has died and another is in hospital following a stabbing at a Tube station.
Police were called to Elephant and Castle station at about 23:30 BST on Sunday and found two men with stab wounds in a street nearby.
A 24-year-old man died on Monday and a 25-year-old is in a serious condition.
British Transport Police said it was “a shocking act of violence” and two men had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
Officers said they believed the stabbing happened during a fight between two groups of men and added they were treating the death as murder.
Keylin Tejeda, 32, from Elephant and Castle, said one of the victims was a regular customer at her pattie shop El Monte.
“I was coming from a restaurant with my partner and when we were passing by we saw him lying down.
“I could see who he was, I saw him. The ambulance were operating on him on the floor,” she said.
Det Ch Insp Sam Blackburn said: “This was a shocking act of violence and we are working tirelessly to identify and trace those responsible.
“While the investigation is still at an early stage, at this time we believe there was an altercation between two groups of men inside the Underground station and it is here the victims sustained their injuries before making their way on to the street.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the death “a senseless loss of a young life” and urged witnesses to contact police or Crimestoppers.
The death bring the number of homicides in the capital to a total of 92 so far this year.