Arsenal welcome Aston Villa to Emirates Stadium for the first game of the 2013/14 season on Saturday afternoon.

You can find out more about our opponents below.

Aston Villa
Full name: Aston Villa FC
Manager: Paul Lambert
Club colours: Claret and blue shirts, white shorts, claret and blue socks
Nickname(s):Villa


Three facts about Aston Villa:

  • They are one of only six teams, including Arsenal, that have never been relegated from the Premier League
  • The club are founder members of the Football League, set up in 1888
  • Villa won the European Cup in 1982

Christian Benteke
STAR MAN
Christian Benteke
The strong striker enjoyed a terrific first season in England, scoring 19 league goals which helped Villa to avoid relegation. Strong, quick and good in the air, the powerful Belgian forward will have to be marshalled closely on Saturday afternoon.

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