Arsene Wenger’s side will look to take on Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday in the third round of the FA Cup. With the support of the home crowd behind their back, the Gunners will want to win the game and advance to the next round. THe Black Cats have been really struggling in recent times to make a real impact and it will a tough task for them. Sam Allardyce is trying his best to revive his side’s season, after a really poor start to the new campaign. They are currently in the relegation zone of the Premier League points table at 19th place.
On the other hand, the Londoners are currently at the top and will want to keep going at the same rate with the Frenchman wanting his side to give it their best till the end as he tries to win some more silverware.
The former Chelsea man has added some much needed solidity to the Arsenal back-line and will once again start in front of goal, which
would surely be a huge boost for the team. One other possibility was to start with David Ospina at goal, though whether or
not Wenger will take that risk remains to be seen.
Wenger can’t risk losing out on another trophy after being eliminated from the League Cup and might consider deploying his strongest
defence with the Spaniard taking his place once again on the left hand side of the back-line.
The German center-back has not been the most solid player at the back for the Gunners this season, but has co-ordinated really well
with his partner Laurent Koscielny. Though Gabriel will be quite eager to play in the match as well, it will be interesting to see whom
the Arsenal boss chooses.
The Frenchman looks like one of the best defenders in the Premier League at the moment and could once again start alongside
Mertesacker. Chambers is also one man who has played in the center-back role, along with Gabriel, though it will be interesting to
see whether Wenger actually takes that risk or not.
The Spaniard has made his presence felt right through the season, with his defensive and offensive work as well, though Mathieu Debuchy is also an option.
Mikel Arteta has recovered from his injury, yet Flamini has been playing more regular football in the defensive midfield role and
might probably be played by Wenger, unless the French midfielder is struggling with certain fitness problems.
Francis Coquelin, who has been Arsenal’s number one choice in the same role, is still out injured and will take some more time to recover.
In the absence of Santi Cazrola, Aaron Ramsey has been played in the holding midfield role which also lets him push forward and
join the attack on a consistent basis. The Welshman prefers a more central role and should probably start there once again.
Though the England international prefers playing as a striker, his pace will always be an asset on the wings as well in the
absence of stars like Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain:
Despite that fact that he failed to impress in the previous match, it seems that he will take his place on the wings once again.
Whether or not he can make an impact on this game, remains to be seen.
The German has been one of the most hard-working stars for Arsenal this season and many feel that he deserves some much needed rest. However,
Wenger would know that it is a must win game and might not take that risk.
The Frenchman has been in good goalscoring form this term, especially when it has mattered the most and would be once again
expected to produce some early goals, after which some of the other younger stars can play a more influential role in the game.
Cech; Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Oxalade Chamberlain, Walcott; Giroud