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Arsenal predicted lineup vs Aston Villa as Sambi Lokonga returns but Lacazette misses out

Arsenal may be on a six-game unbeaten run, but you wouldn’t know it from the mood around the club right now.

The general feeling is that the Gunners got away with one on Monday night thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s 94th minute equaliser, that was enough to rescue them the point against Crystal Palace

Late goals are normally a cause for elation and celebration, but once the immediate high of such a dramatic ending wore off a sense of anxiety about the display began to sink in.

Mikel Arteta’s side had again fallen foul of traditional pattern of starting fast only to quickly find themselves running out of ideas in attack – a problem that continues to plague the Spaniard during his career in the dugout at the Emirates.

It does not appear that there is any sort of quick fix coming right now and things are arguably going to get harder when they face a better side in Aston Villa on Friday night.

“It is a test,” said Arteta of his team’s opponents. “They have shown how difficult they can be against us, because we haven’t got the results that we wanted against them recently.