Arsène Wenger has handed Mesut Ozil his Arsenal debut for today's trip to Sunderland in the Premier League.

The German international starts behind Olivier Giroud, with Mathieu Flamini and stand-in captain Bacary Sagna also picked.

Elsewhere, Thomas Vermaelen returns to the squad and is named on the bench alongside youngsters Chuba Akpom and Serge Gnabry.

Team in full: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Frimpong, Ryo, Gnabry, Akpom

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