Thomas Vermaelen has returned to the starting line-up for Arsenal's clash against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners captain replaces Per Mertesacker at the heart of the defence, so the German international drops to the bench.

Other than that, Arsène Wenger has named the same side that drew 1-1 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday.

Team in full: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey, Gervinho, Podolski.

Subs: Martinez, Santos, Mertesacker, Djourou, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.

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