Arsenal take on Sutton United this evening in the fifth round of the FA Cup and we expect Arsene Wenger to make a number of changes. It’s been five days since the humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and another one tonight at the hands of non-league Sutton will surely be the end of Arsenal’s season.
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Match: Sutton United v Arsenal
Stadium: Gander Green Lane
Kick-Off (GMT): Mon 20 Feb 19:55
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up:
GK) David Ospina
We expect the Colombian to be one of the few Arsenal players to keep their places in the starting lineup. David Ospina conceded five goals and didn’t have the best of nights in Munich but has been Wenger’s first choice in the FA Cup this season and we expect that to continue.
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RB) Hector Bellerin
We expect the Spaniard to keep his spot at right-back for the clash. Hector Bellerin didn’t have the best of evenings in Munich but has played in a number of cup matches this season.
CB) Rob Holding
We predicted a reshuffle in the centre of defence with Rob Holding coming in for Laurent Koscielny. The Frenchman went off injured in Munich and coming from the lower leagues himself, Holding probably has more experience in matches like this than anyone else in the squad.
CB) Per Mertesacker
We predict a first start of the season for Per Mertesacker alongside the youngster. Shkodran Mustafi could just as easily come in but we this match as a good opportunity for Mertesacker to get minutes on the pitch.
LB) Nacho Monreal
After back-to-back starts for Kieran Gibbs, we think that Nacho Monreal will come back into the side at left-back.