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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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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:45
Burnley v Man Utd
15:00
Man City v Stoke
Newcastle v C Palace
QPR v Sunderland
Swansea v West Brom
West Ham v Southampton
17:30
Everton v Chelsea
Sunday, 31 August 2014
13:30
A Villa v Hull City
Tottenham v Liverpool
16:00
Leicester v Arsenal

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 Sunderland 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 2 -1 1
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 C Palace 2 -3 0
19 Burnley 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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