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Elneny & Coquelin Start: The Arsenal XI That Should Face Burnley
Arsenal will try to ease in to the fifth round of the FA Cup when we entertain Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon….this is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with.
It’s not often I want to see Petr Cech left out, but this is one of those rare occasions as this is a good opportunity to rest our No.1.
Defence: Debuchy, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs
Debuchy is in talks about a move away from the club but while he’s still on the payroll, he’s available for selection and Bellerin needs a breather. As long as his head is right, Debuchy should start this weekend while Gibbsy should also get a run-out at left-back.
Mertesacker is suspended after his dismissal against Chelsea so Gabriel is expected to deputise in defence while Chambers should come in for Koscielny.
Midfield: Coquelin, Elneny
The boss confirmed today that Coquelin is available for selection after getting a full two weeks training under his belt so this is a great opportunity to reintroduce him to the first team.
Elneny is yet to feature since joining the club at the start of the month so I think it’s about time we gave him his debut with Ramsey and Flamini given a rest.
Attack: The Ox, Rosicky, Iwobi
Sanchez made his comeback off the bench against Chelsea last weekend but with a huge league game against Southampton coming up on Tuesday, we should protect the Chilean ace and give him another run-out in the second half to build his match fitness.
I’d give Alex Iwobi a start as he’s impressed off the bench recently while I think we’d all love to see Oxlade-Chamberlain put in an impressive display. He’s had a disappointing season so far so let’s hope he can get some confidence back with a good performance this weekend.
Ozil can get a breather and this could open the door for Rosicky to make his first appearance of the season after he was declared available for selection after recovering from a knee injury.
Giroud only played for 22 minutes last Sunday so he’s more likely to start against Burnley but I’d like to see Theo start up front. He was impressing through the middle earlier in the season before getting injured and he’s just not looked the same out wide since his return. Stick Theo up front and hopefully he can get a morale-boosting goal to his name and save Giroud for the Southampton game.
This would be my line-up:
It’s going to be interesting to see what Arsene decides to do. He played a stronger than expected line-up against Sunderland in the last round but with a big league game only three days later, I don’t think the boss will have any option but to rest his key men on Saturday.
What do you think? What team would you go with?