General view of the ground Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 18 Oct 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

PREVIEW: Arsenal v Aston Villa

Joe Montemurro takes charge of Arsenal for the very last time in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League when they host Aston Villa at Meadow Park this afternoon.

Montemurro will leave The Gunners at the end of the month meaning that he will say his final farewell to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this afternoon.

The Australian has guided Arsenal to third place and UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification this season and while the game is a dead rubber for the North Londoners, it is a crucial one for visitors Villa who could yet be relegated if they lose and Bristol City win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Arsenal go into the game without injured trio Jen Beattie, Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Lisa Evans who will not be rushed back into action this season. Head coach Montemurro could use the game to rotate his squad with the likes of Lydia Williams, Anna Patten, Leonie Maier, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Steph Catley, Malin Gut and Jill Roord hoping for recalls.

Aston Villa boss Marcus Bignot could keep faith with the side which held West Ham United to a goalless draw last time out. Villa are unbeaten in their last four games, although all of those have been draws. Another draw would be enough to save them from relegation though given their superior goal difference on Bristol City.

Arsenal’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Aston Villa is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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