Thomas Vermaelen will line up on the left side of defence for the visit of Everton to Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

With Andre Santos out with an ankle problem, Vermaelen will be left to demonstrate his versatility for Arsène Wenger's side.

Johan Djourou is the only change from the Premier League victory over Wigan last weekend and is expected to feature at right-back alongside Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Mikel Arteta will start against his former side at the heart of midfield, continuing once more with Alex Song and Aaron Ramsey.

Gervinho and Theo Walcott will look to provide for Robin van Persie.

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

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

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