Jack Wilshere insists that Arsenal are not expecting an easy win from their game against Aston Villa on the final day of the season and seemingly admitted that he was surprised by what has happened to the side this term, Sky Sports reports.
The Midlands side have already been relegated to the Championship after winning just three games all season in the top flight. Nevertheless, the Gunners midfielder is sure that Eric Black's men will put up a fight in an attempt to end a terrible campaign on a slightly more positive note.
"We like to think we can win most of our home games. I don't know what happened to Aston Villa this season, but I don't expect them to come and just let us beat them," he told Sky Sports.
While their recent results have remained poor, Villa have shown signs in recent weeks of the kind of fighting spirit that appears to have been absent all season.
Though they have lost two and drawn one of their last three games, they twice gave themselves a chance of getting back into the contest against Southampton while they led going into the final minutes against Watford.
And after a goalless draw with Newcastle at the weekend, Villa may have taken some confidence with them into the final day that they have a chance of causing an upset.
But Arsenal will not need any motivation for the contest. Should Manchester United beat West Ham on Tuesday, the Gunners will go into the final game knowing that results going against them could see them fall out of the top four altogether.
However, a victory against the Villains would see them put some pressure on Tottenham in the battle for second place and bragging rights in North London.