(Sporting Alert) — Both Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud start tonight for Arsenal in their Champions League group opener against Marseille at Stade Velodrome.

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The pair were doubtful for the contest with minor injures, but managed to come through fitness tests to take their places in the starting team.

Defender Per Mertesacker returns from illness to start as alongside Laurent Koscielny in the heart of defence for Arsenal, with Bacary Sagna moving back to his usual right-back position and Carl Jenkinson on the bench.

Eyes will be on the on form Aaron Ramsey, who has been very impressive for the Gunners thus far this season.

For Marseille, Mathieu Valbuena is amongst the starters, so too are Giannelli Imbula and Lucas Mendes, who starts for Souleymane Diawara at the back.

Steve Mandanda, Nicolas N’Koulou and André Ayew all start as well for the home side, looking to open their campaign with a win in a very difficult group.

Marseille v Arsenal

Marseille: Mandanda, N’Koulou, Mendes, Morel, Fanni, Payet, Romao, Imbula, Valbuena, Gignac, A Ayew
Subs: Samba, Mendy, Cheyrou, Lemina, J Ayew, Thauvin, Khalifa.

Arsenal: Szczęsny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Özil, Ramsey, Flamini, Giroud, Walcott
Subs: Fabiański, Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Miyaichi, Hayden, Akpom.


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