Gervinho will return to the starting line-up for Arsenal's visit to Craven Cottage.

The Ivorian replaces Andrey Arshavin, who drops to the bench. Meanwhile, Francis Coquelin replaces Thomas Vermaelen in the left back spot.

Robin van Persie will look to get his 2012 off on the right foot against Martin Jol's side after his 35 Premier League strikes last year.

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

Substitutes: Almunia, Squillaci, Miquel, Rosicky, Benayoun, Arshavin, Chamakh.

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