TEAM NEWS: Koscielny returns

Koscielny and Giroud in pre-season

Arsene Wenger calls upon Laurent Koscielny for the first time this season, and hands him the captain’s armband, as Arsenal face Leicester in the first away game of the campaign.

Summer signing Granit Xhaka also starts and he’ll be joined in midfield by Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.

Alexis once again leads the line, with Theo Walcott on the right flank and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting on the left.

Rob Holding gets the nod to start alongside Koscielny in the centre of defence, with Calum Chambers on the bench.

Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are both named among the substitutes.

Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Xhaka, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis

Arsenal subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Elneny, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud

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