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Arsenal will be gunning for revenge when they travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa on Monday night.
The Gunners crashed 3-1 to the Villains at the Emirates on the opening day of the season, a result that left many questioning their title aspirations.
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Since them however the Gunners have confounded their critics and entered the New Year as the Premier League leaders. Results this weekend means that Arsene Wenger’s side have relinquished top spot but a win over a Villa side that struggles at home would see them return to the summit.
To do that Arsenal will need to contain their opening day tormentor, Christian Benteke. Thankfully for the Gunners the Belgian striker has been at his prolific best, in fact he has failed to find the net since the middle of September, a run of 13 games.
Injury has hampered the 23 year olds progress this season but Villa, who haven’t beaten Arsenal at home in 14 games, will hope that Benteke can rediscover his form to fire the club to a first double over the Londoners since the 1992/1993 season.
On that occasion they claimed successive 1-0 wins but that Villa team is much different from Paul Lambert’s side. Ron Atkinson’s team were challenging for the title back then while the current crop are currently 11th in the table, just five points off the relegation spots.
Both sides have injury worries ahead of the game.
Arsenal will be without the injured Theo Walcott for the game after his season ending injury at Spurs with Aaron Ramsey also out.
There is positive news on the injury front however with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to return to the squad after 5 months out.
The England midfielder played 45 minutes of an U21 game against Fulham midweek and is set to be included in the squad.
Oliver Giroud and Mesut Ozil have overcome minor knocks and will their places in the squad while Kieran Gibbs is a doubt with Nacho Monreal on standby.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen (knee) is doubtful, while forward Nicklas Bendtner (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (back) and Abou Diaby (knee) continue their rehabilitation.
Villa will give late fitness tests to Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of the game while Gabby Agbonlahor and Brad Guzan will return after missing the FA Cup tie with Sheffield United.
The game has come too soon for Chris Herd and Joe Bennett who both miss out.