• Aston Villa v Arsenal, Premier League

Giroud returns for Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain on bench

ESPN staff
January 13, 2014

Olivier Giroud has returned from injury as Arsene Wenger has named the striker in his starting XI to face Aston Villa.

Giroud has not featured for the Gunners since their 1-0 victory at Newcastle on December 29. Wenger has also kept faith with impressive youngster Serge Gnabry.

Mikel Arteta misses out with a calf problem while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to the bench following a lengthy spell out with injury - the winger has not played since facing Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Subs: Steer, Sylla, Bacuna, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Albrighton.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Gnabry, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju-Young Park

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