Thomas Vermaelen makes his first start for Arsenal since August 28 against Aston Villa.

The Belgian returned to Arsène Wenger’s squad for last weekend’s defeat at Stoke and partners Sebastien Squillaci in central defence at Emirates Stadium today.

Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou drop out of the squad completely so Ignasi Miquel takes a place on the bench.

Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas have failed late fitness tests and are not involved.

Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Squillaci, Gibbs, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Arshavin, Van Persie

Subs: Lehmann, Denilson, Eboue, Chamakh, Henderson, Miquel, Bendtner

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15 May 2011