Laurent Koscielny will start against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Thomas Vermaelen misses out with flu against the Premier League champions, so Mikel Arteta takes the captain's armband.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey will start in midfield as Olivier Giroud drops to the bench.

Team in full: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta (c), Diaby, Cazorla, Ramsey, Podolski, Gervinho.

Substitutes: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud.

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