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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger set for reunion with old friend Gérard Houllier and Robert Pires

When Arsène Wenger surveys both the Aston Villa dugout and team-sheet at lunchtime on Saturday, he could be forgiven for doing a double-take.

Wenger had never expected his good friend and compatriot Gérard Houllier to return to front-line management after leaving Lyon in 2007, while no Arsenal fan is ever likely to get used to the sight of Robert Pires in an opposition shirt.

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