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How Arsenal Should Line Up When Olivier Giroud Returns From Injury, With Radical Formation Change

How to accommodate Giroud and £16m summer signing?

With news emerging in the last few days that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could be close to an early return to action, Arsene Wenger has a potential selection headache on his hands for the rest of the season.

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The French international was undisputed first choice upfront for the Gunners last term, with Wenger having little in the way of backup options in attack apart from the unreliable Nicklas Bendtner and untried youngster Yaya Sanogo.

However, Arsenal brought in both Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez during the summer transfer window, and Giroud won’t necessarily walk straight back into the side.

Still, the 28-year-old is no doubt a quality player who has shown his worth to this club, and it may be worth Wenger re-thinking his tactics anyway after a difficult start to the season, with this radical formation change perhaps the best way to fit in all his most important players…

Goalkeeper and defence:

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With the back four remaining the same, Arsenal will stick with their current defensive options unless they dip into the market this January, while the returns of Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny from injury would also be very welcome for Wenger as his side continue to leak goals at the moment.

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