Arsène Wenger makes two changes from the side that beat Manchester United last weekend for today’s trip to Stoke.
Gael Clichy has failed to shake off a hamstring problem so Kieran Gibbs makes his first start since March 12.
Johan Djourou has passed a late fitness test but Cesc Fabregas (thigh) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) miss out.
Thomas Vermaelen returns to the squad for the first time since August and is on the bench at Britannia Stadium.
Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Song, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie
Subs: Lehmann, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Squillaci, Eboue, Chamakh, BendtnerCopyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source