Match to be played on Sunday 1st February 2015 at 13:30. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
The pressure is on Paul Lambert’s team because they are fighting at the wrong end of the Premier League table and need to improve quickly.
The problem for Villa this season has been scoring goals; they have 11 which is the lowest total in the league.
The defence has actually been quite efficient having conceded the same number of goals as their opponent in this game, 25.
Villa could move up three places if they win and other results go their way.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be keen for his side to improve on their 3-2 win against Brighton in the FA Cup.
The boss will be relieved that the tie didn’t result in an extra game for his team and there has been good news on the transfer front, with the arrival of Gabriel Paulista.
The job for Arsenal is to produce a secure win and maintain the pressure on the sides around them in the hunt for a top four place.
Here are the possible teams for the match.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Grealish, Westwood, Sanchez, Cleverley, Weimann, Benteke
Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Walcott, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud