Kieran Gibbs will return to the starting line-up for Arsenal's Champions League last 16 clash against AC Milan on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old replaces the injured Per Mertesacker in defence, allowing Thomas Vermaelen to occupy a more familiar central role alongside Laurent Koscielny.

Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey returns to the midfield in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who drops to the bench.

Thierry Henry is named among the substitutes in what could be his final Arsenal appearance before returning to New York Red Bulls on Thursday.

Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Walcott, Van Persie.

Substitutes: Fabianski, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henry.

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