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Short corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the left by-line.
Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.
Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.
Santi Cazorla manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Per Mertesacker.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Ashley Westwood.
Matthew Lowton produces a cross.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tomas Rosicky.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is booked.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Mesut Ozil unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is delivered by Leandro Bacuna.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton.
Fabian Delph takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.
Mesut Ozil crosses the ball.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.
Christian Benteke grabs a goal with a headed effort. Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal.Assist by Matthew Lowton.
Shot by Christian Benteke went wide of the right-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Leandro Bacuna.
Andreas Weimann comes on in place of Karim El Ahmadi.
Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
The ball is crossed by Fabian Delph.
Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.
Tomas Rosicky comes on in place of Serge Gnabry.
Unfair challenge on Karim El Ahmadi by Mathieu Flamini results in a free kick.
Matthew Lowton delivers the ball.
Nacho Monreal leaves the field to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs.
Ashley Westwood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.
Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Benteke.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.
Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny.
Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.
Ashley Westwood challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Leandro Bacuna delivers the ball.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
The referee blows for offside.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leandro Bacuna. Olivier Giroud gets a block in.
Jack Wilshere challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.
Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Leandro Bacuna challenges Mathieu Flamini unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
Serge Gnabry manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.
Leandro Bacuna takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny makes a block.
Christian Benteke fouled by Mathieu Flamini, the ref awards a free kick.
Santi Cazorla concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph.
Antonio Luna takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick.
Shot by Karim El Ahmadi went wide left of the goal.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker by Christian Benteke.
Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Santi Cazorla takes the free kick.
Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Santi Cazorla.
Mesut Ozil fouled by Fabian Delph, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance made by Serge Gnabry.
Leandro Bacuna sends in a cross.
Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
Olivier Giroud slots the ball left footed into the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal.Assist by Jack Wilshere.
Jack Wilshere scores with a left foot finish. Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal.Nacho Monreal provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Nacho Monreal on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Serge Gnabry on Ciaran Clark.
Santi Cazorla crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Serge Gnabry by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Leandro Bacuna crosses the ball.
Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacho Monreal.
Leandro Bacuna replaces Ron Vlaar.
Serge Gnabry takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Fabian Delph takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
Foul by Olivier Giroud on Ron Vlaar, free kick awarded.
The ball is delivered by Nacho Monreal.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Mathieu Flamini.
Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
Corner taken short by Santi Cazorla.
Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
Karim El Ahmadi receives a caution.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Karim El Ahmadi.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
The game begins.
Szczesny happy with Arsenal defence
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident Arsenal's mean defensive streak can see them stay ahead in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
The Gunners will set out to return to the top of the table when they travel to Aston Villa on Monday night.
Since shipping six at Manchester City last month, the Arsenal rearguard have been breached just once, at West Ham on New Year's Day, to restore their status of holding the best defensive record in the top flight.
Szczesny is scheduled to return between the posts at Villa Park having been rested for the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham last weekend.
And the 23-year-old Pole, who has kept 14 clean sheets in all competitions, feels there is growing confidence in a back line which has developed into an effective unit - no matter what the personnel.
"I prefer to play behind the same back four because we have got a very good understanding, but you have to give credit to the players that have come in, when everyone does as well as they been doing recently it really doesn't matter," Szczesny said.
"Thomas Vermaelen has done really well when he has been in the team as have the others, like Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson.
"As long as the players coming in are in good shape and bring in the same principles into the game, it doesn't make much difference.
"Hopefully they can maintain that form because the amount of clean sheets we have kept lately has made me very happy."
Szczesny added in the Arsenal matchday magazine: "Clean sheets or something we have always wanted to improve because over the last few years we haven't been the strongest in the league defensively.
"Last season we improved a lot, but I think now we are showing much more consistency in our defending.
"There is still room for improvement, but I have to credit the defenders and the shape of the whole team."
The current Arsenal defence may not yet have earned legendary status as the one which drove Wenger to his first Double in 1998 or on which the Invincibles of 2003/2004, but the French coach feels the foundations are promising.
"We had a very stable and solid defensive record since the start of the season, with two blips - one was against Villa in the first game and one was when we played at Man City," he said.
"But overall our defensive record has been absolutely top and that is what we want to keep until the end of the season, and even improve."
Arsenal have a superb record at Villa Park, where they were last beaten in the Premier League back in December 1998.
Monday's trip to the Midlands will also present an opportunity for the players to lay to rest their 3-1 home defeat by Paul Lambert's men on the opening day of the season which sparked much criticism of the direction Arsenal where heading.
Wenger, though, insisted: "It is not about revenge.
"The opening day of the season is not Villa's fault, and what happened after the game is not Villa's fault.
"We just had to face dissatisfaction from people and our fans, that was completely normal.
"Villa is just another game. What is always important is the next game and to produce a good performance."
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has once again emphasised he does not feel immune from the the sack, insisting he "never stops worrying" about it.
Villa are on a poor run of form, having won only one and lost five of their last seven games in all competitions.
The midlands outfit's record at their own ground for the entire campaign to date has been disappointing, with it showing just two victories and six defeats from 10 top-flight fixtures
And last weekend they suffered a 2-1 FA Cup third-round reverse at Villa Park against Sheffield United - a club that have been struggling this term towards the lower end of Sky Bet League One.
Lambert - under whom Villa finished 15th in the Premier League last season, his first in charge of the club - said after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea in December that although he has a good relationship with his chairman Randy Lerner, he always works with "that fear" of losing his job.
Returning to the theme this week, Lambert said: "I never stop worrying. I'm not immune from it.
"The relationship between me and Randy is what it is. You are never immune from anything, and I would never view it that way.
"You just keep going - there is no secret formula to it. You just keep going and don't lose focus on what you are trying to do. I will never waver from that."
Lambert has also been keen to stress how bad a week he has had off the back of the Sheffield United result.
Before the game, he had caused a stir by saying that most fellow top-flight managers would probably prefer to do without the FA Cup.
After the match - for which he fielded a first XI showing only four changes - he claimed that comment had been taken out of context.
And asked ahead of the Arsenal contest how he had been feeling in the days since the cup tie, Lambert said: "The same way I do after every other game (Villa have lost).
"I don't sleep great, I don't eat great. The usual stuff.
"It is just the life of a football manager. It is a great job, but you don't feel great (after defeats).
"And contrary to other people's reports, I never degraded the competition at all.
"I tried to win the game, I put the best team out I possibly could and we got knocked out. Good luck to Sheffield United. We weren't good enough."
There were boos from Villa fans at the final whistle in the Sheffield United game and while Lambert has expressed his understanding for the supporters' frustration, he has also called for them to "stick with it" and do all they can to help the team on Monday night.
"I don't have any problem with the crowd," Lambert said.
"If the team is not performing, then you expect people to vent their frustration - that is normal.
"But we are a young side.
"Last year, we played Newcastle at home and we were getting beaten 2-0 in the first half.
"Then we scored, and for about 40 minutes, it didn't matter what we did, that crowd was right with us. They were brilliant that time.
"Because you are in your second year, it might be a different view, but if they can stick with it and see us through the hard times when we need them... because we certainly need them.
"They have been excellent for us overall, and we expect if we are not performing that certain things will happen.
"But we're hoping on Monday that they will get right behind us."
Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of the Arsenal match.
Both club captain Vlaar and Baker sat out the Sheffield United game with calf and hamstring problems respectively.
Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also missed the cup tie, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles, but the contest is too soon for midfielder Chris Herd and defender Joe Bennett to make their comebacks after injury.
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