Arsenal confirmed line-up v Ludogorets: First start of the season for Giroud

By Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has rung the changes to his starting XI in the Champions League match with Ludogorets, with an eye on the north London derby on Sunday.

Arsenal beat Ludogorets 6-0 in the reverse fixture and are expected to get another victory in Bulgaria, despite resting a number of stars.

Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla didn’t travel but hope to be okay for Sunday’s Premier League game.

The team was announced on the Arsenal Twitter feed. 

David Ospina starts in goal, giving Petr Cech a rest, and will be shielded by Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Carl Jenkinson.

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Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin start in midfield, with a strong attacking trio of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey ahead of them.

Olivier Giroud, after his two-goal performance on Saturday, gets the nod up front and will be hoping to score again and give his manager a selection headache ahead of Sunday’s game with Tottenham.

In other Arsenal news, Rio Ferdinand has given this positive assessment of the Arsenal defence.