TEAM NEWS: Walcott starts

Walcott and Chambers training
Walcott and Chambers training

Arsene Wenger has made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Theo Walcott makes his first Arsenal start of the season, a year to the day since suffering his long-term injury at Tottenham Hotspur.

There’s a reshuffle at the back as Calum Chambers partners Per Mertesacker while Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin replace Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy. Laurent Koscielny drops to the bench.

Elsewhere, Joel Campbell starts on the flank, coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Full team: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Campbell, Alexis

Substitutes: Martinez, Debuchy, Koscielny, Zelalem, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Maitland-Niles, Akpom

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