Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has passed a fitness test to start agaist Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The 18-year-old had been a doubt after jarring a knee in training but will start on the wing after a string of impressive performances in the first team.
Meanwhile, Tomas Rosicky replaces Aaron Ramsey in midfield, while Francis Coquelin starts at right back as Bacary Sagna is rested.
Team in full: Szczesny, Coquelin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Van Persie (c).
Substitutes: Fabianski, Sagna, Arshavin, Benayoun, Ramsey, Park, Henry.Copyright 2013 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 4 Feb 2012