Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla will make their Arsenal debuts this afternoon.

The Germany striker and the Spanish playmaker have been named in Arsène Wenger's line-up to face Sunderland at Emirates Stadium with a third new signing, Olivier Giroud, on the bench.

Thomas Vermaelen, the new Arsenal captain, will be partnered by Per Mertesacker with Laurent Koscielny sidelined. Carl Jenkinson deputises for Bacary Sagna at right back.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Walcott; Subs: Djourou, Santos, Giroud, Mannone, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin

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18 Aug 2012