Unai Emery makes £15m defender call as key Moussa Diaby decision unveiled - Aston Villa predicted XI v Arsenal

Here’s the Aston Villa lineup we predict will face Arsenal in the Premier League – including a decision for Moussa Diaby.

Aston Villa have the opportunity to soar to within one point of the Premier League's top spot as Unai Emery's side play host to Arsenal on Saturday. The Villans are buoyant following a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday but the mood could be lifted even further this weekend.

The Gunners recorded a fourth consecutive victory midweek as Declan Rice scored a 97th-minute winner at Luton Town. The men in claret and blue have won 14 home league games on the bounce for the first time since 1903, though, so Arsenal will have to do a top job to get anything – let alone a win.

Emery might have to rotate his team slightly as a few players were understandably knackered from Wednesday's heroics. Not everyone can be rested, however. Here's the starting XI we think will take on Mikel Arteta's side.

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