The Arsenal vs. Aston Villa 2013 live stream and TV match arrives as part of the first day of English Premier League soccer on Saturday, Aug. 17. Arsenal is consider among the contenders for the title in this upcoming 2013-14 season and will hope to start things off with a huge victory. However, Aston Villa would love nothing more than to play the role of spoilers on opening day. U.S. soccer fans watch the Premier League match live stream or TV coverage thanks to NBC on Saturday.
An Aug. 16 report via The Telegraph indicates that Saturday's game will be held at Emirates Stadium and have been "dealt a blow" by the injury news regarding Mikel Arteta. Arteta, who suffered a thigh injury, is reportedly going to be sidelines for as much as six weeks, hindering Arsenal's early going in the Premier League matches. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke about his team's early injury situation heading into this particular match, saying:
"(Thomas) Vermaelen is out, (Nacho) Monreal is out and Arteta will be out for this game tomorrow as well. That is the three main injuries we have at the moment. Monreal is not far from coming back. Arteta and Vermaelen are a bit longer.
It could be as long (as six weeks for Arteta), but honestly we don't know yet. We have to check the severity with the doctor. I haven't talked to the doctor."
In terms of injuries for the opponents, Aston Villa's Yacouba Sylla will be sidelined with a twisted ankle injury. In addition, midfielder Chris Herd will be unlikely to be on the field for the side. Otherwise, their manager Paul Lambert feels everyone else should be good to go for his club.
In Arsenal's favor heading into this matchup could be one very telling stat. The team hasn't lost a home opener since 20 years ago when they fell to Coventry. So the odds are on this team's side, who many soccer writers and analysts have picked to finish among the top four teams in the 2013-14 English Premier League season.
Saturday's Arsenal vs. Aston Villa soccer match has a start time of 10 a.m. EST. The matchup will be televised on cable or satellite services via the NBC Sports Network channel. For those who want to watch it live streaming online, the NBC Sports Live Extra site is the place to go. The site will be showing all of the opening day's games online, with more details available here.