Marouane Chamakh replaces the suspended Robin van Persie for Arsenal's Champions League qualifier against Udinese.
The Dutchman was sent off as the Gunners crashed out to Barcelona in the second round last season, which means the Moroccan is given the chance to shine.
Gervinho is suspended domestically after having his appeal against a three-match ban for slapping Newcastle's Joey Barton rejected, but is eligible to play in European competition and starts up front.
With midfielder Jack Wilshere still injured, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Song make up the midfield, with Theo Walcott coming in for Andrey Arshavin.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs; Song, Ramsey, Rosicky; Walcott, Gervinho, Chamakh.
Subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Bendtner.
Udinese: Handanovic; Ekstrand, Benatia, Danilo, Neuton; Asamoah, Pinzi; Isla, Agyemang-Badu, Armero; Di Natale
Subs: Belardi, Pasquale, Abdi, Denis, Doubai, Fabbrini, Vydra