The Gunners' march to the top continues as they next host Aston Villa at the Emirates. Can they pick up yet another victory and put more daylight between them and their North London rivals in the battle for third place? 

The last couple of months have been spectacular for Arsenal.

Robin Van PersieDestined for one of their worst league finishes in club history earlier on this season, the Gunners have instead reeled off six straight Premier League victories and are now third in the table.

It's not as if the competition has been bad either, with Arsenal getting wins over Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Everton during that span.

The latest scalp for Wenger's crew was at Goodison Park, where the visitors got an early goal from Thomas Vermaelen and then held their ground for a 1-0 win and those hugely important three points.

Gunnin' for the top

Taking this resurgence into account, it's hardly shocking to see the Gunners as the firm favorites for this weekend's encounter at home with Aston Villa. Currently Arsenal is at -250 at Bovada to grab the win, while Aston Villa can be backed anywhere from +700 to +891 on the soccer odds board.

Villa had their latest fixture with Bolton postponed due to the Fabrice Muamba situation and will therefore be very well-rested for Saturday.

The Villans are unbeaten in three league fixtures but have faced some of the weaker teams in the league. That said, they did secure a 1-0 victory at home over Fulham in their most recent domestic action. The winning goal there came from substitute Andreas Weimann.

Though Villa has been solid lately, no team wants to play the Gunners right now.

Arsenal won the first meeting of the campaign 2-1 back at Villa Park, with the goals coming from Robin Van Persie (who else?) and Yossi Benayoun.

And that was way before the Gunners' fantastic streak even started.

What started out as a horrific season for Gunners fans has now transformed into an amazing story. Here Arsenal stands, in third place ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool. Who could have seen that coming back in January?

Van Persie Vindication

Of course, a ton of credit should go to Van Persie for his irrepressible form. The Dutch striker has six more goals (26) than any other Premier League player this season, and has added in eight assists for good measure. Staying injury-free was the only thing standing in his way and look what he's accomplished.

The goals have been flowing for Van Persie and the Gunners, especially at home. They beat Blackburn 7-1 in early February and then smashed Tottenham 5-2 a few weeks later. In total, the Gunners have scored 31 goals on their own pitch while allowing just 12.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, has been horrendous away from home, winning just three of their 14 matches. It's a big reason why they're 15th in the Premier League as of right now, a horrible showing for a club as talented as the Villans.

With that in mind, I'd be foolish to recommend anything other than a pretty comfortable win for the Gunners. Okay, nothing is really comfortable in the Premier League, but I still think Arsenal earns all three points when the final whistle blows, with Van Persie likely to get on the scoresheet yet again.

FREE Pick: Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1