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Arsenal look set to be able to include in-form striker Oliver Giroud in their line up after the French star forced off against Sunderland at the weekend revealed that he would fit to play.

The French striker has scored 5 goals in all competitions so far this season, including one in every Premier League game this season.



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There had been fears that Giroud, the only recognised striker currently in the squad would have to sit out the game however those fears have not by allayed by the 26 year old.

‘It is not bad actually, not as bad as I first feared. I got a kick earlier in the game but no-one was near me when I did it this time” he said.

‘I tried to connect with the ball a little bit too early and I caught my foot in the grass. I twisted my ankle but fortunately, it is nothing major.

‘I am OK, sure I will be fine [for Marseille].’

Should Wenger decide not to risk Giroud then it would mean a return to a central striking berth for Theo Walcott.

Santi Cazorla is set to miss out after being ruled until mid-October while new signing Mesut Ozil, impressive against Sunderland, faces a fitness test to determine if he will be fit to star.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Abou Diaby and Thomas Rosicky are all out.

German defender Per Mertesacker is set to return after illness and will renew his partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

Koscielny has been one of Arsenal’s key players so far this season and the 28 year old believes that Arsenal’s experience at this level could prove the difference against the Ligue 1 side.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, the French star said “The most important thing in the Champions League is to start well,”

“We are experienced in the Champions League and are all looking forward to this challenge again.

“We know this will be a big challenge for us, but we did well against Marseille and Dortmund the last time we played, and we are confident of doing it again.”

Marseille meanwhile have not major injury worries heading into the game with the only doubt being Souleymane Diawara.

The club side has lost just once so far this season in the French top flight and have lost two games at the Stade Velodrome in 2013.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.