Sure, a win would be nice for reasons that are patently obvious here today. Aston Villa need points and they need them incredibly quickly. And to get three points off of Arsenal would be a very pleasant surprise indeed.
But beyond that, this is a matter of revenge. Aston Villa managed a stunning turnaround last season and saved themselves from relegation. But a lot of that joy was crushed by Arsenal in the...
//whispers... 4-0 FA Cup Final defeat.
Oh god, that hurt to type. But yeah, we could use a little catharsis here. So win, Aston Villa. Do it for this season, but do it, too, to slay the demons of last season.
Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off time: 1:30 PM GMT, 8:30 AM Eastern, 5:30 AM Pacific
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Aston Villa squad
Confirmed line-up: Villa team to face @Arsenal this afternoon, kick-off 1.30pm. #AVFC #AVLARS pic.twitter.com/02yGhhFUYC— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 13, 2015
Here is the @Arsenal team for #AVFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/yRjlUhwwYf— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 13, 2015