In today’s news roundup we bring you a prediction for the match against Manchester United in the quarter final of the FA Cup where Wojiech Szczesny will be starting in the number one role while Per Mertesacker will replace injured Gabriel. More on that later…
Elsewhere, Manchester United’s record summer signing Angel Di Maria is weary of Alexis Sanchez’s impact on the game as the two prepare to go head-to-head. The Argentina international has warned his teammates to be on the lookout for the Chilean who has exquisite dribbling and goal scoring qualities. These and more in today’s news roundup.
Lineup prediction v Manchester United.
Arsenal will face their biggest test in their FA Cup defense as they play against Manchester United at Old Trafford later tonight. The game will be important for both sides, winning a trophy will be a huge boost to Louis van Gaal’s side which has been struggling since finishing seventh last season while successfully defending it could prolong Arsene Wenger’s career. Here is a lineup prediction of the match.
Wenger revealed that Wojiech Szczesny was never available for the midweek victory against QPR because of an illness. The Polish international should seemingly start between the sticks should he be fully fit. This however doesn’t mean that David Ospina has lost his place, it’s just a way of utilizing the squad to keep the team fresh.
Hector Bellerin is a definite starter having earned his place at right back while Kieran Gibbs will be on the opposite end ahead of Nacho Monreal who has a recurrent back problem. Gabriel is set to be sidelined for two weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury so Laurent Koscielny will have to pair up with his long term partner Per Mertesacker at the heart of the defense.
Francis Coquelin will start in defensive midfield while wearing a protective mask alongside Welsh international Aaron Ramsey who is back to full fitness. Follow this link to view the full list of the lineup prediction.
5 Reasons why Arsenal will beat Manchester United.
Arsenal v Manchester United clashes have always had a massive effect on the country and tonight’s game will be no different as the two sides will be fighting for bragging rights, being the joint holders of the most FA Cup triumphs with 11 trophies apiece.
Here are a few reasons why Arsenal will beat Louis van Gaal’s side.
Arsenal have Cup momentum.
Having destroyed the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Everton, Hull City (twice) and Brighton in the FA over the past two seasons, Arsenal have gained the momentum and stability and as such, have an edge over United.
The Gunners have a score to settle.
In the 13 times that Arsenal have played against United in the FA Cup, the Gunners have emerged winners on 6 occasion while the Red Devils are one up with seven wins. A victory for us tonight will certainly settle the score. Arsene Wenger’s side will however be weary of the fact that they have only won one of their last 15 matches in all competitions against the Old Trafford side.
Legend hints that Wenger will ‘go for it’ against Man United.
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has revealed that Arsene Wenger will select a strong lineup and go for the victory against Manchester United later tonight in the FA Cup quarter finals.
Old Trafford has somewhat become a fortress for United when it comes to Arsenal as we haven’t won there since September 2006. Despite that, Winterburn believes that Arsenal can head into the encounter with confidence given their decent run in all competitions, bar the Monaco setback.
“Although he does rotate his squad, I think he’s going to go into this game [with a very strong side],” Winterburn told TalkSport.
“They’re the [FA Cup] holders and he wants to retain [the trophy]. He knows that his team, away from home, have not really performed that well over the last couple of seasons and it’s going to be a really tough game.
“Arsenal are in pretty good form, so they should be able to go there and believe that if they defend well they will cause Man United problems.”
A victory will certainly see us edge closer to defending the FA Cup so COYG!
Di Maria weary of Alexis Sanchez.
Former Real Madrid forward Angel di Maria has heaped praise on summer signing Alexis Sanchez, warning his teammates of the Chilean international’s great goal scoring qualities. Di Maria and Alexis are not new to club rivalry, after previously locking horns in the famous El Classicos where they played for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
“Sanchez is a player who has been in some great form this season and since he came to Arsenal he hasn’t stopped scoring or creating goals,” the Di Maria told Manutd.com.
“He’s been tremendous and seems to be the key player for Arsenal. When he plays well, they seem to play well too. We’ve seen him in various games.”
The Argentine added that:
“If he gets hold of the ball and does what he can with it, then that works well for Arsenal. We have to keep a close eye on him and try to prevent him from creating openings with his passing as we know that every time he gets to run at you he can create danger.”
Going into the game, it is clear that only one person is confident and that’s Alexis Sanchez so COYG!