Arsenal welcome Championship leaders Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round tie in their bid to retain the FA Cup. Having already scalped Premier League big boys Manchester City in the antecedent 4th round, Aitor Karanka’s men will look to cause another major upset when they head to the Emirates on Monday.
Arsenal meanwhile overcame a resilient Brighton and Hove Albion side to book their progression in the FA Cup.
The Gunners are still without key midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wenger confirmed. The Frenchman also confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain is the closest of the lot for a first-team return, while Mathieu Debuchy is out too. Winter recruit Gabriel could make his Arsenal debut.
Defender Dani Ayala picked up an injury during Boro’s midweek win over Blackpool, while left-back George Friend is fit for the trip to London after recovering from his illness. Equatorial Guinea star Emilio Nsue is available for selection again after his AFCON adventure. January signing Adam Forshaw is cup-tied, having appeared for Wigan Athletic in the competition.
Arsenal: (4-3-3): Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Rosicky, Coquelin, Cazorla; Walcott, Sanchez, Özil.
Middlesbrough: (4-2-3-1):Konstantopoulos, Whitehead, Gibson, Woodgate, Friend; Leadbitter, Clayton; Adomah, Vossen, Reach; Kike.
Arsenal 3 – 1 Middlesbrough