Arsenal vs. Sunderland: Predicted line-ups

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Will Giroud return this weekend?
Will Giroud return this weekend?.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to make changes for this weekend's Premier League clash with Sunderland, as the Gunners face up to their third match in six days across three separate competitions.

Wenger will definitely be forced to make one change from the side which slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, with Kieran Gibbs out with a buttock injury.

Nacho Monreal will deputise at left-back, but elsewhere Wenger faces more taxing decisions in terms of rotation affecting a number of his star players.

Olivier Giroud has been snubbed in favour of young powerhouse Yaya Sanogo in Arsenal's last two matches, but the French international looks set to reclaim his place in attack tomorrow afternoon.

The Gunners have Mikel Arteta back from suspension and the Spanish midfielder should return in a withdrawn central role, alongside either Mathieu Flamini or Jack Wilshere.

Further forward Wenger looks likely to rotate and must make a judgement call on Mesut Ozil, the man who has been heavily criticised after missing a penalty against Bayern.

Ozil has kept his place through a challenging run of form and should be provided with an opportunity to atone for that mistake tomorrow, while Lukas Podolski and Tomas Rosicky are both pushing for recalls.

Sunderland meanwhile could Steve Fletcher back from an Achilles problem, but Carlos Cuellar is still not ready to return after three months out with a hip injury.

Arsenal predicted line-up: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Podolski, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

Sunderland predicted line-up: Mannone, Bardsley, Dossena, Bridcutt, O'Shea, Brown, Ki, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Fletcher

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