Laurent Koscielny has been recalled to the starting line-up for this afternoon's clash with Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman replaces Per Mertesacker, who is ill, and partners Thomas Vermaelen in central defence.

Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta continue in central midfield, with Theo Walcott again lining up in attack, while Johan Djourou is recalled to the bench.

Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.

Subs: Mannone, Djourou, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Gervinho, Giroud.

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29 Dec 2012