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Giroud returns for Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain on bench

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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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