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Walcott, Wilshere & Vermaelen to start as Arsenal consider resting Podolski at Everton

Walcott, Wilshere & Vermaelen to start as Arsenal consider resting Podolski at Everton

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Arsene Wenger will make at least four changes to the starting XI for the trip to Merseyside after resting first-team regulars at the weekend

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By Wayne Veysey| Chief Correspondent

Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermaelen are all to return to the Arsenal starting XI as Arsene Wenger rings the changes for the trip to Everton on Wednesday night, Goal.com has learned.

Bacary Sagna is also set to be restored to the starting line-up after being rested, along with Wilshere and Vermaelen, from the team that drew 0-0 at Aston Villa last Saturday.

But Goal.com understands that manager Wenger is considering resting Lukas Podolski for the crunch fixture at Goodison Park.

The wide forward has started all 18 of Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League fixtures this season.

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Podolski’s fellow German Per Mertesacker has a slight shoulder niggle but should be fit to start in central defence alongside Laurent Koscielny.

Wenger was due to make a final decision on Podolski and Mertesacker on Wednesday morning.

If Podolski makes the starting XI, the four players set to be omitted are Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

England international Oxlade-Chamberlain will keep his place, but make room for Walcott on the right flank, if Podolski misses out.

Walcott missed the Montpellier and Villa matches with minor shoulder damage but has been cleared to play and will go back into the team.

Arsenal are keen not to heap too much pressure on first-choice left-back Gibbs, who played the full 90 minutes at Villa Park in his first start in seven weeks.

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