Saha on bench at the Emirates.
Latest signing Louis Saha starts on the bench as Sunderland open the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season at Arsenal.
The striker, signed on Thursday, will have to wait for his first start, but Carlos Cuellar comes in for his league debut alongside John O'Shea in central defence.
Craig Gardner is deployed at right back, with Kieran Richardson on the other side and Simon Mignolet preferred to Keiren Westwood in goal.
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Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Richardson, O'Shea, Cuellar, Larsson, McClean, Cattermole (C), Colback, Sessegnon, Campbell.
Subs: Wickham, Kilgallon, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Elmohamady, Westwood.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (C), Diaby, Cazorla, Arteta, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski.
Subs: Santos, Giroud, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Mannone.