Andrey Arshavin will start his sixth Premier League game of the season for the visit of QPR to Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Russian takes the place of Gervinho, who drops to the bench. Theo Walcott returns from illness, while Aaron Ramsey starts in midfield alongside Mikel Arteta and Alex Song after sitting out the Wolves draw.

The defence remains unchanged, with Johan Djourou and Thomas Vermaelen occupying the full-back berths.

Team in full: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie.

Subs: Almunia, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Chamakh, Benayoun, Coquelin.

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