Arsenal team news: Giroud starts vs Stoke City in must-win match

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made four changes from the midweek victory over Southampton, with Giroud leading the attack

Olivier Giroud starts as Arsenal's solitary centre-forward on Saturday against Stoke City, a game Arsene Wenger's men must win to further their chances of making the Champions League. 

Wenger makes four changes from the 2-0 win over Southampton in midweek, handing opportunities to Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin, and Giroud, while Laurent Koscielny makes his return after a spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.

Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck are dropped to the bench despite starting on Wednesday, while left-back Kieran Gibbs and versatile midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both reportedly absent due to hamstring problems.

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Arsenal XI: Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny; Bellerin, Coquelin, Xhaka, Monreal; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Ramsey, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Elneny.


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