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Arsenal v Villa pre-match show: Merson/Weimann/Helenius on AVTV

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Arsenal v Villa pre-match show: Merson/Weimann/Helenius on AVTV

Build-up to the big Barclays Premier League opening day encounter with Arsenal in the company of your claret and blue heroes.

Our AVTV pre-match show is bigger and better than ever this season, with a host of star names joining us each week.

Ahead of the Gunners clash, we hear from Paul Merson, Andreas Weimann and Nicklas Helenius.

Check out our bumper pre-match show.

Merson, who shone for both clubs, joins us in beautiful surroundings of the Moor Hall Hotel.

The playmaking midfielder talks about Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, The Emirates as a venue and his thoughts on Villa under Paul Lambert this term.

Merson tells us about his admiration for Christian Benteke and Matt Lowton and how they are integral players for Villa this term.

He tells us about his fondness for Villa as he reflects on his claret and blue career.

Merson assesses the season in general, stressing it could be the most exciting to date.

Weimann reflects on the game against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium last time out and how that performance can lift the lads ahead of this one.

He says he appreciates it's a tough start, followed closely by Chelsea and Liverpool, but the star striker insists Villa are on the lookout for points.

Helenius expresses his excitement at the prospect of his first campaign with Villa.

He says the mood is good in the camp and the players are ready and eager to perform.

Helenius also reveals that Thierry Henry was his hero as a kid so the trip to Arsenal is extra special for him.

You can also enjoy goals scored at Arsenal over the years, including efforts from Olof Mellberg, Dwight Yorke, Steve Stone and Andy Townsend.

Check out our bumper pre-match show.

See below for a taster of the show.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 16th August 2013
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