The FA cup action resumes this week as Arsenal take on Sheffield United at the Bramall lane in the quarterfinal. With their wretched league run wreaking havoc in the race for European places, Arsenal must take the FA Cup clash seriously.
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The Gunners are the most successful side in FA Cup history and winning the competition this year will help them in their pursuit of European places as the winners get to play in Europe.
Here is how the Gunners may start at the Bramall Lane:
Emi Martinez has kept a clean sheet against Southampton and he is likely to start this game ahead of Matt Macey.
The center-back pairing of Mustafi and Rob Holding excelled at St. Marys. There is a strong possibility that David Luiz will be fielded alongside the duo in a back three.
Reiss Nelson is likely to fill in for Hector Bellerin, who has played a lot of games after the restart. Since Cedric Soares is yet to join the match day squad owing to his fitness issues, Arteta will look to his former teammate to do the job.
Sead Kolasinac is set to benefit if Arteta decides to rest Kieran Tierney on the other flank.
Granit Xhaka was impressive against Southampton and it’s ideal if he retains his place at the center of the park. Arteta has given Ainsley Maitland-Niles minutes as a central midfielder in recent times and this is the game. The Spanish head coach will likely assess the young English midfielder’s midfield pedigree.
The game might see the restoration of Mesut Ozil into the starting XI. The German maestro wasn’t given any minutes after the restart and Arsenal’s top earner is likely to start as the most advanced midfielder in the line-up.
In the final stages of the game against Southampton, Arteta experimented with Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up top. Arteta is likely to field both the superstarts with Ozil behind them.
Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, and Joe Willock are likely to start from the bench.