Szczesny and Walcott to start for Arsenal in north London derby

The goalkeeper will return from injury for the visit of rivals Tottenham while Mikel Arteta, Bacary Sagna, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud should all also feature despite doubts
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Wojciech Szczesny makes his long-awaited return to the Arsenal team for the north London derby while Theo Walcott has also got the nod to start, understands.

Mikel Arteta, Bacary Sagna and Santi Cazorla will also be in the starting XI after convincing Arsene Wenger of their readiness for the clash against rivals Tottenham.

Olivier Giroud (groin) is considered to be the most serious doubt of the Arsenal squad but is expected to pass a late test and spearhead the attack. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Andrey Arshavin will step up from the bench if the French striker misses out.

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The return of Szczesny to the team for the first time since the 6-1 drubbing of Southampton in September is a boost to Arsenal following his understudy Vito Mannone's erratic spell in goal.

Walcott has been told he will start his third consecutive Arsenal match despite pulling out of the England squad in midweek with a glute injury.