Marouane Chamakh has been handed his first Premier League start of the season at Emirates Stadium against Stoke.

Captain Robin van Persie will start on the bench for the Gunners, meaning Alex Song will take hold of the captain's armband for the clash.

Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey return to the starting line-up after starting on the bench in Marseille on Wednesday, while Johan Djourou replaces the injured Carl Jenkinson in defence.

Team in full: Szczesny, Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Gervinho, Chamakh.

Substitutes: Fabianski, Frimpong, Rosicky, Benayoun, Arshavin, Park, Van Persie.

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23 Oct 2011