Team News: Olivier Giroud starts for Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud starts for Arsenal as they travel to the Britannia Stadium for their Premier League clash with Stoke City.

Arsene Wenger has handed a first start to Olivier Giroud for today's home game against Stoke City.

Vito Mannone also starts in goal for Arsenal, while Carl Jenkinson will start at right-back.

Tony Pulis has made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Reading last week.

Glenn Whelan and Geoff Cameron come in to replace Dean Whitehead and Matthew Etherington in midfield.

Stoke: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant, Cameron, Whelan, Kightly; Walters, Crouch

Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Diaby; Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski; Giroud

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