Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Kick off: August 16th, 2014 17.30 PM BST
Arsene Wenger has handed a Premier League debut to new signing Alexis Sanchez who will operate on the wing in this evenings opening day fixture with Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium.
Fellow new boys Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers also start in defence, with Laurent Koscielny cleared fit to start. No surprises at left back with Kieran Gibbs handed the start ahead of Nacho Monreal.
In midfield newly promoted club captain Mikel Arteta partners Aaron Ramsey with Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Alexis ahead. Olivier Giroud misses out with Yaya Sanogo spearheading the attack.
Wenger has a strong bench to chose from with the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud among the substitutes.
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