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Gervinho set to start against Swansea

Created on 01 Dec., 2012 1:20 PM GMT

Arsenal are preparing to recall Gervinho to the starting side against Swansea City on Saturday and play him up front.

Arsene Wenger is weighing up whether to rest Olivier Giroud, who has started the past seven matches as the team's spearhead, for the English Premier League clash.

Gervinho has not begun a match for the first team since the club's 2-0 Champions League defeat at Schalke on October 24. understands that Giroud is likely to be one of four changes to the team that drew 1-1 at Everton on Wednesday.

The Frenchman is set to be joined on the bench by Aaron Ramsey, with injured pair Bacary Sagna (foot) and Laurent Koscielny (thigh) both sidelined.

Lukas Podolski will return to the Arsenal line-up after missing the midweek trip to Goodison Park, which was the first time in 19 Premier League and Champions League matches since he joined the club that he had not figured in the starting 11.

Podolski and in-form Theo Walcott are set to flank Gervinho, who responded with five goals after being used as the team's front man in the early weeks of the season.

He broke down with an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on October 27 and has made three substitute appearances since returning to action.

Kieran Gibbs, who came on in the fourth minute against Everton to replace the injured Koscielny, is set to start at left-back against Swansea, with Thomas Vermaelen moving across to centre-back to partner Per Mertesacker.

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