Friday, 24 January 2014

Wenger to mix experience and youth for FA Cup clash with Coventry

Morning Gooners.

Arsenen Wenger says the FA Cup is a very prestigious competition and it's one which he has won the most as a manager. It means tonight's game with Coventry is one he'll take seriously as Arsenal look to end their trophy drought.

Last season no one will forget our humiliating defeat to Blackburn. Tonight against League One opposition it will be different. I think in a way it's a blessing this fixture has been moved to an evening kick off. It will be played in front of a sell out crowd and I think that will give us more focus.

As for the team he'll pick, I think we're likely to see a few changes from the side which picked up three points against Fulham last Saturday. It will be chance for some of the squad players to get some minutes and allow Wenger to rest a few players ahead of our trip to play Southampton on Tuesday night.

I'd expect a cup competition line up, with a couple of youngsters either starting or on the bench. Earlier in the season we saw Isaac Hayden handed his first team debut in the league cup match against West Brom. I think tonight is another opportunity for the manager to offer his best youngsters a chance to play.

I think the starting line up could be:
Fabianski, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Wilshere, Flamini, Miyaichi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Bendtner

Substitutes: Viviano, Sagna, Gibbs, Hayden, Zelalem, Ozil, Giroud.
Others available: Szczesny, Gnabry, Cazorla, Park, Eisfeld.
Injured: Vermaelen, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Walcott.

We're four games from a Wembley final. In our best seasons under Arsene Wenger we've done well in the FA Cup. I hope that continues again with a win tonight.

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