Arsenal v Aston Villa: Arteta cannot afford repeat of palace performance

The problem seems to be a lack of bodies in midfield and the over-reliance on Thomas Partey to beat the press.

There’s gas in the tank, now it’s time to get this club moving

The personal travails of the manager aside, he will surely be pleased with the crop of players he now has at his disposal, a group fast-approaching the sort of dynamic, focussed, willing-to-work collection of players he seems to favour. These are a group of young leaders in the making, a young group that seems willing to listen and learn and with the capacity to do so.