Arsenal have scored 14 goals without reply in their last four meetings with Aston Villa going into Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is in line for his first start since last year’s FA Cup final as he bids to prove his fitness ahead of the European Championship, but England team-mate Danny Welbeck begins a nine-month lay-off after undergoing knee surgery.
Santi Cazorla is in contention, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Per Mertesacker (hamstring) are missing.
Alan Hutton and Ciaran Clark are fresh injury concerns for Aston Villa as they prepare to bid farewell to the Premier League.
Fellow defender Kieran Richardson remains a doubt so teenager Kevin Toner is likely to retain his place, having enjoyed a run in the first team in recent weeks. Midfielder Jordan Veretout will probably stay sidelined with his pelvic problem.
Aly Cissokho is available again after suspension, while striker Rudy Gestede has resumed training after injury ruled him out of the goalless draw with Newcastle last weekend.
- Arsenal have won nine of their last 11 games against Aston Villa in all competitions (D1 L1).
- The Gunners have scored 14 goals without reply in their last four meetings with Villa.
- Only against Manchester Utd (87) and Liverpool (82) have Aston Villa conceded more goals in the Premier League than they have against Arsenal (81).
- Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last five appearances against Aston Villa in all competitions.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 games on the final day of the season (W8 D2). The last team to beat them on the final day of a Premier League season was Birmingham City in 2005.
- Aston Villa have won none of their last 17 Premier League away games, losing 14 in that run. Their only win this season on the road so far was on the opening day against Bournemouth.
- The Villans have scored just seven goals in their last 14 Premier League road trips.
- Arsenal have now secured a top four finish for 20 consecutive top-flight seasons. Only Manchester United (22) in 2012-13 have managed more.
- Arsenal have averaged 1.5 goals per game scored at home this season in the Premier League, their lowest return since 1994-95 (1.3).
- Petr Cech has conceded more goals from outside the box than any other goalkeeper this season (10).