Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made half-a-dozen changes from the side beaten by West Brom for tonight’s Champions League Group H clash in Partizan Belgrade as a stadium power failure in Serbia raised questions about whether the match would start on time, if at all.
The Gunners players reportedly have no light in their dressing room and had to change using the light of their mobile phones and the floodlights were also only working intermittently.
It has been far from ideal preparation for Wenger’s team, which features Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in place of the injured Manuel Almunia.
England full-back Kieran Gibbs has returned from a foot injury, while there is also a start for centre-half Johan Djourou.
Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Denilson come into midfield, as Samir Nasri - who scored four goals in his last two games – has to make do with a place on the bench.
Partizan lost their opening European tie away to Shakhtar Donetsk, but lead the Serbian Super League with five wins from six.
Brazil-born striker Cleo – who has recently been granted citizenship to play for Serbia in the Euro 2012 qualifiers – starts in attack, looking to add to his 11-goal tally.
Partizan Belgrade: Stojkovic, Stevanovic, Marko Jovanovic, Krstajic, Lazevski, Tomic, Medo, Petrovic, Sasa Ilic, Boya, Cleo.
Subs: Zivkovic, Stankovic, Savic, Bogunovic, Kizito, Iliev, Smiljanic.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Squillaci, Gibbs, Rosicky, Denilson, Song, Arshavin, Wilshere, Chamakh.
Subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Nasri, Vela, Clichy, Eboue, Lansbury.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany).