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Sanogo starts for Arsenal against Bayern

ESPN staff
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Yaya Sanogo keeps his place in the Arsenal team for the Champions League last-16 first leg at home to Bayern Munich, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Sanogo made his first start of the season in the 2-1 FA Cup win against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with Giroud also among the substitutes then. Sanogo didn't have a single shot on target against Liverpool.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted Giroud's absence was not due to disciplinary reasons. Wenger said: "He [Sanogo] is playing well, it's as simple as that.

"You can debate every position from the first to the last. Giroud has played a lot of games recently, and it's important we give him a game to refresh and come back strong."

With Mikel Arteta suspended, Jack Wilshere plays alongside Mathieu Flamini in midfield while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain retains his starting spot, having scored one and set up the other of Arsenal's goals on Sunday.

For Bayern, Bastian Schweinsteiger has to settle for a place on the bench.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla, Sanogo

Substitutes: Fabianski, Monreal, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Gnabry, Podolski, Giroud

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba, Martinez, Robben, Thiago, Kroos, Gotze, Mandzukic

Substitutes: Starke, van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Müller, Contento, Schweinsteiger

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