TEAM NEWS: Mertesacker, Wilshere start

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker

Arsene Wenger has made two changes to his side for Saturday’s match against Southampton at Emirates Stadium.

Per Mertesacker has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the game against Manchester United and comes in to replace Thomas Vermaelen.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere steps in for the suspended Matheiu Flamini where he will partner Mikel Arteta at the base of the midfield.

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott has been named on the bench for the match against his former club, having recovered from an abdominal injury.

Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Rosicky, Walcott, Gnabry, Bendtner

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