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After missing the table-topping Gunners' previous two Premier League matches with an ankle injury, the 22-year-old returns to the starting XI to face the Reds at Anfield

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has overcome an ankle problem to start for the Gunners against Liverpool at Anfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain retaining his place after a double against Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old midfielder missed both the home clash with the Eagles and the 2-2 draw away to Southampton, but has returned to the starting XI after successfully shaking off the knock.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, was drafted in to play a holding role against Palace due to the absence of Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey, and has been pushed into a more advanced role following his goalscoring heroics, with Lukas Podolski missing out.

Elsewhere, Nacho Monreal is preferred to Kieran Gibbs, though a back-line that has kept 11 clean sheets this season - the joint most in the Premier League - is otherwise unchanged.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sticks with the same side that drew 1-1 with West Brom last time out, with prolific strike partnership Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge continuing in attack.

Liverpool starting XI:
Mignolet; Flanagan, Toure, Skrtel,  Cissokho; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling, Coutinho; Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Kelly, Ibe, Moses, Aspas, Allen, Alberto.

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Wilshere, Arteta; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil; Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner.

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