Lukasz Fabianski starts in goal against Blackburn and striker Carlos Vela gets a rare start.
The manager has made a total of four changes from the team that lost to Wigan last week.
Bendtner drops out of the side replaced by Vela, and Armand Traore replaces Gael Clichy.
Arsenal team in full: Fabianski, Diaby, Sagna, Nasri, Van Persie, Vela, Walcott, Silvestre, Eboue, Traore, Campbell
Substitutes: Eduardo, Djourou, Arshavin, Mannone, Gibbs, Eastmond, Henderson