Arsenal striker set for first team return ahead of Tottenham clash

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to play Olivier Giroud as his main striker for the upcoming Capital One clash with Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports from the Mirror.

The 28-year-old was benched at the weekend when his side fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, playing only 15 minutes as a late substitute.

Wenger opted to start with Theo Walcott, who has recently reverted from a winger into a more striking role, providing the France international with some competition up top.

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However, despite the Gunners boss normally choosing to give the younger players a run in the competition, it is likely that their manager will be looking to beat their local rivals tomorrow.

The club have already lost two consecutive games, suffering a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb where Giroud was sent off before their recent loss to the Blues last Saturday.

Wenger is likely to field an experienced, but rotated squad for the midweek fixture as David Ospina is being tipped to replace Petr Cech in goal while Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini could also feature.