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Team news ahead of Arsenal's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium (kick-off 4pm).

Last Updated: 13/05/11 at 14:42

Vermaelen: Set to return for the Gunners

Vermaelen: Set to return for the Gunners

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Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is set to return for Arsenal after nine months out with a niggling Achilles problem.

Captain Cesc Fabregas (thigh) and midfielder Samir Nasri (hamstring) face late fitness tests. Abou Diaby (calf) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) are also out.

However, full-back Gael Clichy is available again after missing the defeat at Stoke with a hamstring problem.

Villa defender Ciaran Clark is out of the game.

Assistant manager Gary McAllister confirmed that although Clark trained for nearly a full session on Friday, he will not travel due to a niggly hamstring problem.

However, midfielder Jean Makoun does return to the squad after missing the last two matches with a dead leg injury.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Clichy, Djourou, Vermaelen, Sagna, Walcott, Song, Arshavin, Ramsey, Wilshere, Van Persie, Lehmann, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner, Denilson, Squillaci, Gibbs.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Walker, Collins, Dunne, L Young, Downing, Petrov, Bannan, A Young, Agbonlahor, Bent, Marshall, Heskey, Pires, Albrighton, Delph, Reo-Coker, Cuellar, Delph, Delfouneso, Makoun.

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