Aaron Ramsey returns to the Arsenal squad and will start on the bench against Sunderland today.
The Wales midfielder has not played for the first-team since breaking his leg at Stoke just over a year ago.
Arsène Wenger makes eight changes from the side that beat Leyton Orient on Wednesday, including the inclusion of Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri.
Laurent Koscielny returns from a hamstring strain and starts at the heart of the Arsenal defence alongside Johan Djourou.
Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott all miss out through injury.
Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Denilson, Wilshere, Diaby, Nasri, Arshavin, Bendtner
Subs: Almunia, Rosicky, Ramsey, Squillaci, Eboue, Gibbs, ChamakhCopyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Mar 2011