LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Lukas Podolski starts for Arsenal as they seek a victory against Crystal Palace to go back to the top of the Barclays Premier League standings.
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Also starting today are Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny continue to lead the backline.
Arsene Wenger made two changes to the side, as Serge Gnabry has been drop to the bench, while Mathieu Flamini is suspended after his red card against Southampton in midweek.
Tony Pulis, meanwhile makes two changes to the Crystal Palace side that beat Hull City 1-0 in midweek, as Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jonathan Parr both handed recalls.
Making way are Adrian Mariappa and Dean Moxey.
Julian Speroni keeps his place in goal with new signing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on the bench.
However, fellow January recruits Tom Ince, Joe Ledley and Scott Dann, were not included in the squad.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Rosicky, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Gnabry, Zelalem.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome. Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, McCarthy, Gayle, Wilbraham, Guedioura, Bannan.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)