By Richard Clarke
Nicklas Bendtner is set to be named in an Arsenal squad for the first time in almost three months.
The Danish striker is expected to make the bench at Aston Villa on Wednesday night after recovering from a groin problem and hernia surgery.
The last time anyone saw Bendtner in a first-team shirt he was limping off in the early stages of the 3-0 win over Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on October 31. Arsenal have prospered since then but the return of the 23-year-old is still a major boost to Arsène Wenger.
"Bendtner has qualities that are important in the squad," said the manager. "He's a good player and he is tall as well.
"He will be on the bench, Nasri will be there too. They have had [only] one training session but we are short.
"Sagna has a shoulder injury that is still not completely clear. But he will start the game."
Elsewhere, Abou Diaby (calf) is still out and Aaron Ramsey is available after his surprise appearance on the bench at Stoke on Sunday following a thigh problem.