Arsene Wenger hands the Ivorian his Premier League debut as the Gunners prepare to begin life without Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas at St. James ParkSummer signing Gervinho goes straight into Arsene Wenger's starting eleven as Arsenal take on Newcastle, with Joey Barton a surprise selection from Alan Pardew.
The Ivorian winger will play just off Robin Van Persie alongside Andrey Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky. With Cesc Fabregas' departure to Barcelona imminent, Aaron Ramsey will be tasked with dictating the game in midfield alongside Alex Song.
Barton had been made available on a free transfer after making a string of remarks regarding the running of the club on his Twitter account, but will start in midfield alongside new signing Yohan Cabaye as well as Cheick Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez.
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Newcastle starting XI: Krul; Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Barton, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Ba.
Subs: Forster, Williamson, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Lovenkrands, Best.
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs; Song, Ramsey; Arshavin, Rosicky, Gervinho; Van Persie.