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Aston Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of Monday’s Premier League home clash with Arsenal.

Both club captain Vlaar and Baker sat out last weekend’s FA Cup third-round loss to Sheffield United with calf and hamstring problems respectively.

Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also missed the cup tie, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles, but the game is too soon for midfielder Chris Herd and defender Joe Bennett to make their comebacks after injury.

Meanwhile, Arsenal expect to have forward Olivier Giroud back from an ankle problem and illness.

England forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the rest of the season and the World Cup after suffering knee ligament damage in the FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, fit again following his own serious knee injury, could be back in the squad having played for the Under-21s on Thursday, while fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and defender Kieran Gibbs (calf) are also closing in on a return.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen (knee) is doubtful, while forward Nicklas Bendtner (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (back) and Abou Diaby (knee) continue their rehabilitation.

How times have changed.

The last time Arsène Wenger visited Villa Park he endured chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” from his own supporters.

Now the Arsenal manager has a genuine chance of delivering a first league title since 2004, though they could be removed from the top by 8pm on Monday night.

It is Aston Villa’s supporters who are now running out of patience, particularly after the FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United.

Stat of the game: Arsenal are unbeaten at Villa Park in the league since December 1998, winning seven and drawing seven of 14.

Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Flamini; Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla; Giroud.
Out: Diaby, Walcott (both knee), Ramsey (thigh), Gibbs (calf), Bendtner (ankle), Sanogo (back).
Tests: Giroud (ankle/illness), Vermaelen (knee).

Referee: Neil Swarbrick. Matches: 9, R0 Y28.

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