North London giants Arsenal will face off against Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as they look to win their third consecutive title. After the loss to Chelsea last weekend at home, manager Arsene Wenger will be quite keen to get back to winning ways. The French manager’s side have been doing really well in the league this season and will want to put in a good performance in the FA Cup as well. Per Mertesacker, will miss the game through suspension though Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky could be back in the team as they have been declared fit now. Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are still out injured at the moment.
David Ospina should start at goal ahead of Petr Cech for this one, with the former Chelsea man looking superb in the current campaign since his summer move. The Colombian international has not played a single game, since he messed up in the Champions League encounter against Olympiacos. It will be a risk that Wenger will have to take and whether it pays off or not, remains to be seen.
The back-line will consist of a four-man defence once again, with Laurent Koscielny retaining his place from the previous game. Apart from that, Gabriel will come in for Mertesacker, Gibbs for Monreal and Chambers could play for Bellerin. The first choice defence has been doing really well this season and it will be interesting to see how these stars perform now.
In front of the defensive line should start the pairing of Mikel Arteta and latest signing Mohamed Elneny, with Francis Coquelin still a doubt. Mathieu Flamini has done a decent job in recent weeks and might be rested for the game at the Emirates. In front of them will feature Aaron Ramsey at the center, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on the left and Joel Campbell on the right.
Olivier Giroud will be given the chance to make an impact in the game, as he looks to impress Wenger once again, after being taken off in the game gainst the Blues. The manager felt it was a necessary chance though Giroud was not really pleased.