Arsenal`s new signing Gabriel Paulista could make his Premier League debut against Aston Villa but leading goalscorer Alexis Sanchez is not likely to be risked with a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
Arsene Wenger is in a desperate situation in search of a proven centre-back in the January transfer window to reduce the vulnerability in defence. The Arsenal manager cited his views on Thursday stating that he will sign a defender after Laurent Koscielny became the latest victim who suffered an achilles injury to join the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal in the injured list.
Chelsea beat Fulham 3-1 to open a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday while Newcastle United`s 4-1 win was marred by manager Alan Pardew`s dismissal for head-butting Hull City`s David Meyler.
Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal move on from their frustrating defeat to Bayern Munich and drew a line under his own difficult week with two goals in the Gunners` 4-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday.