The Gunners have been dealt a bit blow in defence with captain Thomas Vermaelen ruled out of today’s blockbuster fixture against Manchester City with the flu.
Laurent Koscielny will start his first game of the season partnering Per Mertesacker at the back.
Mikel Arteta takes over the armband at the Etihad Stadium as Aaron Ramsey also starts his first Premier League fixture this season too as he takes up a wide position with the established trio of Diaby, Cazorla and Arteta in the heart of the park.
Gervinho looks set to start as the centre forward in Wenger’s lineup with Olivier Giroud dropping to the bench.
Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta (c), Diaby, Cazorla, Ramsey, Podolski, Gervinho.
Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud.
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