Potential Arsenal Lineup to Face Sunderland in the FA Cup on Saturday

​It's FA Cup third round weekend! Time to dust off the word 'cupset' and get ready to watch some actual live football on terrestrial TV. It truly is a wonder. 


Arsenal don't have the traditional 'tricky' third round tie against Mrs Benson's Pie Shop FC this year though - they're straight into the thick of it against Premier League side Sunderland. Here's the lineup they might put out to squeeze through...

Goalkeeper

  • Cech
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​Can anyone come up with a compelling reason that a club might buy Petr Cech and then not use him at absolutely every single possible opportunity, after David Ospina tried his best to drop and fumble the club out of the Champions League? Exactly. 

Defence

  • Bellerin
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  • Koscielny
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  • Gabriel
    Gabriel5
  • Gibbs
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​For all that Arsene Wenger will be conscious that he's playing against a Premier League team and aiming to win the FA Cup for the third straight year, he rotates in cup competitions. It's just what he does. To that end, expect Nacho Monreal and Per Mertesacker to get an afternoon off, with Gabriel and Kieran Gibbs coming in. 

Midfield

  • Flamini
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  • Chambers
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  • Oxlade-Chamberlain
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  • Ramsey
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  • Campbell
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​If Wenger plays Mesut Ozil in this match, with the rest of the injuries the team are facing, he's pretty much lost his mind. To accommodate Ozil's rest, Aaron Ramsey could be looking at a more attacking role, with Calum Chambers popping into the sitting midfield role alongside Mathieu Flamini. 


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should keep his place out on the right from last weekend's win over Newcastle, while the sporadically impressive Joel Campbell could replace Theo Walcott.

Forwards

  • Walcott
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Of course, Campbell's inclusion doesn't mean that Walcott won't be involved at all. Olivier Giroud has firmly established himself as the Gunners' number one striker, but Walcott showed himself to be entirely functional up front earlier in the season, and could get a run-out at the Emirates to keep Giroud fresh. 


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