Arsenal are likely to make changes for Saturday’s FA Cup fixture against Hull.
With one eye on a Champions League home tie against Barcelona on Tuesday, followed by 3 Premier League games in 7 days, including key trips to Manchester United and Spurs, Arsene Wenger will use this FA Cup weekend to give some key players a rest.
Despite the expected squad rotation, Arsenal will still field a strong side filled with international regulars and talented youth. It will be more than enough to destroy Hull City, who themselves will field a weak side as they go for promotion.
So what will Arsenal’s side look like?
Columbian international goal keeper who this time last year became Arsenal’s number 1. Came in for some fair criticism after a Champions League appearance against Olympiakos earlier this season, where he dropped a corner into his own net, but this was merely just an error. A quality keeper with 62 caps for his country, he is a safe pair of hands. Arguably the best number 2 in the league.
With Carl Jenkinson (capped by England) and Mathieu Debuchy (capped by France), it leaves Hector Bellerin, our first choice and only uncapped right back to play right hand side. Despite him being so young – younger than Manchester United’s next big thing Donald Love – he has been 1st choice for a year now. He is our senior right back.
World Cup Winner. 100 Caps for Germany. Vice Captain. Not exactly putting the kids in when he starts is it?
With Laurent Koscielny going off against Leicester City at the weekend, and Gabriel currently sunning himself in Brazil, Chambers will play centre back. In my opinion it is his best position, and he is a future England international. He might be young, but he is composed. Already capped by England, he performed terrifically against Leicester and will play again against Hull City
Another international who is part of our ‘B’ side. 18 months ago, he was first choice, and arguably England’s best left back. The brilliant form shown by Nacho Monreal this season has meant he has been a bit part player, a defensive sub and a few cup appearances. He is a class full back, especially in games we dominate. Not exactly weak.
Since he signed for Arsenal in January, his appearances have been fleeting. But he performed well in the FA Cup against Sunderland. Inexperienced in the Premier League, he has a wealth of experience on the continent, and has performed well in the Champions League for Basel.
Another player with vast experience. His days might be numbered at Arsenal, but with a potential carrot of a one year extension, he rarely lets us down.
The only real kid in the side with little experience. He has impressed when he has played. And surrounded by experience, there will be no pressure on him to do anything but play his own game.
It shows our strength in depth that having had such an influence at the beginning of the season, Joel Campbell has not been seen since the 62nd minute against Southampton. He will get a run out against Hull City.
Theo Walcott / Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
With Alexis Sanchez certain to be rested, this is one of the only decisions Arsene Wenger has to make. Who to play left wing? It will depend on what is plan is against Barcelona. Whichever one he is not playing to start in the Champions League will get a run out against Hull. My bet is Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Imagine rotating in England’s number 9 as your second choice striker. Regaining fitness, he will be buzzing after the goal against Leicester. Another experienced international. He might be getting rotated in, but is still a strong player.
Bellerin Mertesacker Chambers Gibbs
Campbell Iwobi Ox
The side we are set to put out might be a rotate side, but it is a very strong side, one that would do a job in many Premier League games.