Calum Chambers returns to the side as a full back and Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs retain their places in the back four. The midfield makes for some interesting reading, as Arteta retains his place; Ramsey drops back to join him in central midfield. This could actually benefit the Gunners, Ramsey turned in some of his best performances last season from similar starting positions.
With Wilshere on the bench still recovering from his turned ankle, Santi Cazorla is handed a start as the creative midfielder. This is a chance for the Spaniard to impress, as he has been frozen out of the team of late. More interesting is Wenger’s decision to retain Ozil; the German starts in the left wing position again. He has come in for some serious criticism over the past week, but the manager evidently still has faith in him. Hopefully, today he will be able to silence the critics.
Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck complete the forward line of the team. Welbeck is still in search of his first goal, and today would be a great time to get it. On the bench, the Ox is available for a late burst of pace, and Wilshere might also feature for a short while.
Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.
Ospina, Coquelin, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Wilshere, Podolski.