The lineups for our FA Cup clash with Burnley have been announced, and there’s plenty of rotation from the manager. There’s still a huge amount of experience in the side though, with Arsene Wenger using the game as an opportunity to give some of the returning players some game time, as well as a debut for new signing Mohamed Elneny.
David Ospina gets his first look in for a long time, with the Colombian certainly having something to prove after his last few displays. Any costly mistakes could really impact his Arsenal career, so he needs to be on his game.
Mathieu Debuchy looks to be on his way out of Arsenal, and the fact that he’s not even on the bench suggests his Arsenal career is as good as over. Calum Chambers is preferred to the Frenchman, despite not looking like having a future at right-back.
Kieran Gibbs is on the opposite flank, rotating well with Nacho Monreal. While Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista form a strong partnership at the back – Per Mertesacker suspended after his red card at Chelsea.
Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin form the midfield partnership, with the Egyptian handed his debut and Coquelin making his long awaited return from injury.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to be handed another chance in the No.10 role, despite being less than impressive last time out. While Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez start out wide.
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Having only played 20 minutes against the Blues before being substituted, Olivier Giroud keeps his starting spot up front.
Many of these players may not see the game out though, as Wenger has named a very strong bench.
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The Burnley team is as follows:
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Burnley have been in excellent form recently, winning their last few games by massive scorelines. They will no doubt be looking to play a little more defensively against us, but we certainly need to be careful with the likes of Andre Gray and Sam Vokes up front.
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On paper this obviously looks a walk in the park, but given their current form and the fact that not long ago they were a Premier League side, we have to take Burnley very seriously.