TEAM NEWS: Vermaelen starts at Bayern

Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen will start at left back in the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The captain will deputise for the injured Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, with Laurent Koscielny back at the heart of the defence.

Elsewhere, Lukas Podolski will line up on the left flank, with Mathieu Flamini dropping to the bench.

Olivier Giroud returns to spearhead the attack in place of Yaya Sanogo.

Team in full: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Viviano, Flamini, Gnabry, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Hayden.

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