Three Arsenal players with a point to prove against Aston Villa

Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Arsenal take on Aston Villa on Saturday, with some of the Gunners' players having plenty to prove.

Arsenal return to domestic matters with a match against Aston Villa on Saturday, with Paul Lambert’s side in high spirits having defeated Liverpool last time out.

The Villans are currently second in the Premier League table, while the Gunners are seventh and will know they need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

After a 2-2 draw with Manchester City and a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger will want his players to perform at their peak against one of the surprise packages of the season so far.

Here are three Arsenal players with a point to prove when they come up against Villa:

Danny Welbeck

Signed for £16million from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, Danny Welbeck was immediately hailed as the solution to Arsenal’s striking problems. His fans believed that a run of games in his natural position would see the England international shine at the Emirates Stadium, but as yet that has not happened.

Welbeck missed two great chances against Dortmund and also had opportunities to get off the mark on his debut against City last weekend.

He will want to score sooner rather than later, and what better time than against Villa?

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere put in a man-of-the-match performance against City last time out, so does he really have something to prove just a few days later? Well yes, he has to prove he can now perform at that level consistently, becoming the midfield superstar he was tipped to be following his breakthrough.

One great performance does not make a great player, and Wilshere will know that, meaning he will hope to make it two such awards in quick succession provided he can overcome an ankle injury that is reportedly not as bad as first feared.

Lukas Podolski

The German international was tipped to leave Arsenal this summer, leaving many fans to bemoan his lack of chances, but having remained at the club, and with Olivier Giroud injured and Welbeck struggling for goals, Podolski may be the man who can fire Arsenal back up the table.

The forward failed to change the game as a late substitute against Dortmund and spent the entire match against City on the bench, but he could get a chance against Villa, and he will know how important it will be to take it.

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