Giroud Or Sanogo? Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Hull City In FA Cup Final

By on May 15, 2014

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Arsenal will look to end a nine-year trophy drought when they take on Hull City at Wembley on Saturday evening in the final of the FA Cup. Here is Gooner Mac’s predicted line-up.

Lukasz Fabianski has started in every previous round of the cup so far and there is a strong argument that he’ll start this weekend. Arsene Wenger somewhat surprisingly picked him for our last game of the Premier League against Norwich last Sunday and I think the boss was giving him a ‘warm up’ match before the big one.

The defence should pretty-much pick itself. Kieran Gibbs returned from injury last week so assuming he’s come through unscathed I think we’ll see him start alongside Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Bacary Sagna looks like he’s set to play his final game for the club so fingers crossed he gets the send off he deserves by lifting the FA Cup. He’s been a superb professional for AFC and it’s just a shame we haven’t been able to agree terms over a new deal.

Midfield should also be pretty straight forward as Jack Wilshere isn’t fit enough to start so it should be Mikel Arteta alongside Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park. Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla are certs to start in attack and they are likely to be joined by Lukas Podolski with the German cementing himself as a regular in recent weeks.

There has been a lot of talk about who will start up front but I think the decision is simple. Olivier Giroud HAS to start. Yaya Sanogo has done okay in previous rounds but this game is too huge to risk him from the beginning. Giroud has been in good form of late and is clearly the better option, and we simply have to win this game so I hope Arsene goes with the former Montpellier man up top.

Here’s the team I think we’ll see:

What team do you think Wenger will put out? Share your vies below.

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7 Comments

  1. SAGunner

    May 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    They are both below Arsenal standard – so take your pick – neither are match winners.

    Sanogo belongs in a 2nd league side and the French bulldozer in per haps a step up – but certainly not in the English premier league

  2. olaseyinde samuel

    May 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Please arsene wenger,i would like you to start our number 1 goalkeeper,,,if you really need to end the trophyless name,,don’t joke with the trophy…
    Wish you goodluck…

  3. Msugh theo

    May 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Pls. Arsene wenger droq sanogo 2 lower team.

  4. young wale

    May 15, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I want sanogo to start up gunners giroud sub

  5. young wale

    May 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I want wenger to resign calos vela plsease

  6. young wale

    May 16, 2014 at 12:18 am

    The list of players I want at arsenal benzema.resign calos vela and alex song and replacement for sagna finish let giroud leave. We are going to lift premier league and champions league next season up gunners.

  7. adesulure segun

    May 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

    let us loot at what giroud can offer this time around

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