Sebastien Squillaci has been given the captains armband for the first time in his Arsenal career for the vital Premier League trip to Chelsea.

He partners Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Arsenal defence while Jack Wilshere again starts and plays alongside Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri and Alex Song in midfield.

Marouane Chamakh will play at the spearhead of the Arsenal attack and will be supported by Andrey Arshavin.

Lukasz Fabianski starts in goal in the absence of Manuel Almunia

Team in full: Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Song, Diaby, Wilshere; Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin.

Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Djourou, Denilson, Eboue, Emmanuel-Thomas

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3 Oct 2010