Arsène Wenger has named an unchanged line-up for the game against Manchester City, with the established midfield remaining once again and all four centre backs across the defence.
Thomas Vermaelen and Djourou occupy the wide defensive positions after injuries to four first team left/right backs, with Koscielny and Mertesacker in the heart of the defence. Walcott, Gervinho and captain Robin Van Persie all start as usual.
Arsenal team: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie;
Subs: Rosicky, Almunia, Arshavin, Frimpong, Chamakh, Benayoun, Miquel