ARSENAL TEAM: Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla; Van Persie on the bench

(Sporting Alert) — New summer signings Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud will make their debuts for Arsenal in their preseason clash against Cologne on Sunday.

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The forwards have been handed the task of getting the goals for Arsene Wenger’s side, as the manager look to see how well they fit together ahead of the new season.

Captain Robin van Persie, who has been linked with a move away from the club before the transfer window is close, starts on the bench today, and the manager has said he could play some part in the game.

Another new signing, Santi Cazorla, who has been heavily praised by his teammates signing moving to Arsenal, also gets a start today, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott also start for the Barclays Premier League side.

Amongst the substitutes for Arsenal today are Alex Song, Gervinho

Arsenal: Mannone, Yennaris, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud, Podolski
Subs: Szczesny, Diaby, Koscielny, Van Persie, Santos, Song, Djourou, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Chamakh, Gnabry

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