Wojciech Szczesny will start the north London derby after recovering from the ankle injury which has kept him out of action since September 15.

The Pole's return means Vito Mannone drops to the bench, while Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott have all been declared fit for the match against Tottenham.

Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere returns to the Arsenal team after missing the 3-3 draw against Fulham through suspension, meaning Francis Coquelin drops to the bench.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also returns from injury, but has been named on the bench.

Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud, Podolski.

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin.

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17 Nov 2012