Arsène Wenger has made seven changes to his team for the visit of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round.

Wojciech Szczesny, Nacho Monreal, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud are the only survivors from the side that beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend.

Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny are deployed at the heart of defence, while Francis Coquelin looks set to start at right back.

Elsewhere, Gervinho is back in the team after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Team in full: Szczesny, Coquelin, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby, Rosicky, Arteta, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

Substitutes: Mannone, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski

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16 Feb 2013