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Laurent Koscielny shrugged off a calf injury to take his place in the starting line-up for Arsenal's Champions League last 16 first-leg game at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
With Kieran Gibbs injured, January signing Nacho Monreal cup-tied and Andre Santos out on loan, captain Thomas Vermaelen slides across from central defence to play at left-back.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also handed a starting berth to Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, leaving French striker Olivier Giroud on the bench.
Bayern, 15 points clear in the Bundesliga, made one change to the team that won 2-0 at Wolfsburg on Friday, with Javi Martinez coming into the team in the centre of midfield at the expense of Luiz Gustavo.
Daniel Van Buyten continued at centre-back in the absence of the suspended Jerome Boateng.
Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen (capt); Arteta, Wilshere; Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Podolski; Walcott
Manager: Arsene Wenger (FRA)
Bayern Munich (GER)
Neuer; Lahm (capt), Dante, Van Buyten, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Mandzukic
Manager: Jupp Heynckes
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)