By Nick Teale

Nicklas Bendtner returns to the Arsenal squad for tonight's Premier League clash at Villa Park following a lengthy injury lay-off.

The striker hasn't played for Arsenal since the 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on October 31, but returns to the Gunners bench at Villa Park.

Bacary Sagna missed Sunday's trip to Stoke City with a shoulder injury but returns to the starting XI at right back.

Arsène Wenger makes nine changes to the side that lost at Stoke, with only Denilson and captain Cesc Fabregas remaining in the initial XI.

William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen return at centre back, with Gael Clichy on the left side of the backline.

Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Eduardo and Andrey Arshavin complete the line-up.

Arsenal team in full: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Denilson, Ramsey, Fabregas, Rosicky, Eduardo, Arshavin
Substitutes: Fabianski, Campbell, Traore, Eastmond, Nasri, Walcott, Bendtner

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27 Jan 2010