Arsenal expected 4-2-3-1 v Ludogorets: Three changes as star man dropped

By Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger is expected to make three changes to the team that dismantled Sunderland on Saturday, as Olivier Giroud is set to win his first start of the season.

The France international made the best possible impact on his Premier League return on Saturday, scoring with his first two touches after coming on in the 69th minute.

The game was poised at 1-1 after Arsenal had conceded from a penalty, but two quick goals from Giroud had already wrapped the points up before Alexis Sanchez scored his second and Arsenal’s fourth.

Giroud will be rewarded with his first start of the season against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets on Tuesday and Arsenal will be expecting to win comfortably after smashing them 6-0 in the match at the Emirates.

It means that Wenger can rest Sanchez and have him fresh for the crucial north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.

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Giroud will be supported in attack by Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Theo Walcott not expected to return following his hamstring problem.

Granit Xhaka – suspended for the previous three domestic games – is expected to return in midfield with Francis Coquelin, with Mohamed Elneny dropping to the bench and Cazorla still unavailable.

The back four is set to remain unchanged from the Sunderland game, with Kieran Gibbs continuing in place of Nacho Monreal. As with Walcott, Wenger is not expected to risk his first-choice left-back in the game in Bulgaria.

David Ospina comes in as the first-choice keeper for European games, which gives Petr Cech a rest.

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