By Nick Teale

Alex Song and Robin Van Persie start against Manchester City.

Song has missed three matches due to an inflamed cartilage in his knee and Van Persie makes his first start since sustaining an ankle injury while on international duty in November.

The Dutchman will also captain the side today.

Craig Eastmond and Nicklas Bendtner are the two players who drop to the bench in an otherwise unchanged starting XI.

Former Gunner Patrick Vieira starts for Man City and Kolo Toure is their captain. However, Emmanuel Adebayor is on the bench.

Arsenal team in full: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy, Song, Rosicky, Nasri, Diaby, Walcott, Van Persie
Substitutes: Mannone, Traore, Eboue, Eastmond, Eduardo, Walcott, Bendtner

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