Arsenal vs. Anderlecht: Live team sheet

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has resisted the temptation to give Theo Walcott his first start of the season in tonight's Champions League return against Anderlecht, but is there room for Aaron Ramsey to replace Mathieu Flamini in central midfield.

Wenger has opted for the more cautious central midfield pairing of Flamini and Mikel Arteta in Arsenal's last two Premier League games, a decision which has helped the Gunners record back-to-back domestic wins for the first time this season and keep a welcome pair of clean sheets.

Ramsey is back in the starting XI tonight though, with the emphasis on all but confirming Arsenal's place in the last 16 with victory against a side who they struggled against desperately a fortnight ago.

Ramsey back but still no Podolski

Wenger unsurprisingly sticks with the same back four that enjoyed a relatively comfortable afternoon against Burnley on Saturday, with Kieran Gibbs fit enough to play twice in four days despite nursing a nagging hip complaint.

Further forward though it's slightly odd that Lukas Podolski continues to wait for his first start of the season in Europe, particularly after scoring a last-gasp winner in the Belgian capital when Arsenal needed bailing out most.

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Sanchez looks set to shine again

Podolski continues to sit out because Alexis Sanchez has been nothing short of sensational over the last month, scoring four times in his last two matches alone.

The Chilean maestro looks primed to improve a tally of 10 goals in all competitions for Arsenal tonight, backed by an English pair in Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who are looking to prove they're more than a supporting cast for the Gunners this season.

Arsenal XI to face Anderlecht: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck

Subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Flamini, Rosicky, Podolski, Walcott, Sanogo

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