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Arsenal hint at a Giroud start v Paris Saint-Germain

By Will Butcher

Arsenal have dropped a starting line-up hint after putting Olivier Giroud on the cover of their Paris Saint-Germain match programme.

The Frenchman is in line to start for the Gunners after scoring a last-minute equaliser against Manchester United on the weekend, with a powerful header from close range to earn a 1-1 draw.

Arsenal’s official Twitter account revealed that the 30-year-old striker was on the cover of their official matchday programme, as the Gunners lock horns with PSG for top spot in Group A.

Giroud has started just one game in all competitions for the North London giants this term, despite making nine appearances in total.

From the bench, Giroud has scored three goals while adding another during his solitary start against Ludogorets in the Champions League.

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But his dramatic late equaliser could finally give him a route back into Arsene Wenger’s first team, as he prepares to face the French champions at the Emirates.

A win for the Gunners would see Arsenal leapfrog PSG into top spot, as they look to secure the easiest route into the Champions League knockout phase.

Since moving to North London in the summer of 2012 from Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier, Giroud has scored an impressive 86 goals in 196 league and cup encounters.

Giroud will be hoping to join an elite club of only 17 members that have scored 100 goals or more the for the Gunners, which includes the likes of Thierry Henry, Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp.

In other Arsenal news, this is why Giroud must start against the French giants.