Giroud set to start against former club
Olivier Giroud will be handed a place in Arsenal’s starting eleven for tonight’s Champions League clash against the Frenchman’s former employers Montpellier.
Giroud, 25, hasn’t scored for the Gunners’ yet and started last weekend’s match against Southampton on the bench, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring Gervinho in his attack.
However, it’s expected that Wenger will deploy Giroud upfront against his old club where familiar surroundings at Stade de la Mosson may help him net his first goal in an Arsenal shirt.
Youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to be demoted to the substitutes bench, while Abou Diaby replaces Francis Coquelin in midfield following his return from injury.
Arsenal XI expected to face Montpellier: Mannone (GK), Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (c), Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud.