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Arsenal Team News & Probable Starting XI

Just a quick bit of team news today, Arsenal could qualify for the last stages of the Champions League with a win over Montpellier this evening, who start the game bottom of the group.

The injury news is bitter sweet, Gervinho and Gibbs make their return to squad after injury, but Theo Walcott is out due to a shoulder problem, probably picked up in the previous game against Spurs. Hopefully this only looks short term and should be back to premier league action shortly. Meanwhile Andre Santos misses out due to a stomach problem.

Given  the return of gibbs, I predict he will start the match at left back, which has been a real problem position for us of late, both Santos and Vermaelen have deputised in these areas recently with mixed results. Although Koscielny has been pretty solid recently, I think he will start on the bench with Wenger choosing the preffered Mertesacker and Vermaelen. The midfield should be unchanged, Wilshere Cazorla and Arteta.

With Theo’s injury, I think Chamberlain will play from the right, although Gervinho is back, Chamberlain is further along in terms of match fitness. Giroud is set to continue his fruitful run in the starting XI, and I for one am backing him to bag a couple tonight against his former side!

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