The England international has been left out of the starting XI for the Gunners' crunch game against Wigan, while Kieran Gibbs returns from injury to take his place at left-backJack Wilshere remains on the bench as Arsene Wenger makes one change for Arsenal's clash against Wigan.
Kieran Gibbs returns from a hip injury to replace Nacho Monreal at left-back, while Lukas Podolski continues as a lone striker for the Gunners.
Wigan are unchanged from their FA Cup victory over Manchester City on Saturday, with their goalscorer, Ben Watson, having to settle for a place on the bench.
A win for Arsenal would see them leapfrog north London rivals Tottenham into the last remaining Champions League spot. A victory for Wigan would put them one point behind Sunderland in 17th place, with just one remaining Premier League game to be played on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott, Rosicky, Cazorla; Podolski
Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho
Wigan starting XI: Robles; Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner; McArthur, McCarthy, Gomez, Espinoza; McManaman, Kone, Maloney
Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart