FA Cup 4th Round | Emirates Stadium | Sunday 29th January 2012 | 16:00 (GMT)
The F.A. Cup will be both Arsenal's and Aston Villa's best shot at a trophy this season. With both clubs from Manchester now out of the tournament, the competition is now wide open. So both Arsene Wenger and Alex McLeish will be ready to put out their strongest available team to face each other on Sunday, despite growing concerns each manager will have for their clubs' respective league positions, and the injuries mounting up in their squads.
Arsenal will still be without key midfielder, Jack Wilshere, but, to some great relief, three of their players on the injury list should be back. Mikel Arteta and Bacary Sagna are back training, while Thierry Henry will need to pass a late fitness test. Aston Villa also expect three of their players back, too. Gabby Agbonlahor (illness) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring) are both due back tomorrow, while Emile Heskey is expected to have recovered from his calf injury. It's a timely boost for both sides.
Some match facts about these two clubs: Arsenal are unbeaten in the F.A. Cup at the Emirates, last losing an F.A. Cup tie at home in the competition on February 1997, while Aston Villa are chasing a spot in the last 16 for the fourth successive season running. Villa are also looking for their seventh successive away game without defeat in both league and cup. So, it seems history backs both teams to progress in this tournament, yet something has to give.
Come on you Gunners!