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Arsenal vs Blackburn Preview, Team News, Likley Line-ups & Predicted Score

Arsenal welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Here is a preview with team news.

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Arsenal welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Our eight-year wait for a major trophy is well-documented and I feel the FA Cup provides our only realistic chance to end that drought this season. Some may point to the Champions League but I personally think we’ll struggle given the quality of the opposition in that competition.  However, beat Rovers and we’re in the quarter finals of the FA Cup and can be a match for anyone on our day.

Arsenal have already seen-off Swansea and Brighton to reach this stage while Blackburn have overcome Bristol City and Derby County without conceding a goal. The visitors are also in good form in the league having lost just once in their last eight games so should be coming to the Emirates full of confidence.

But we’re playing well ourselves with two resolute performances on show in recent weeks to grind out 1-0 wins over Stoke and Sunderland, so we should be in confident mood as well.

Team News

Midfielder Jack Wilshere will face a late fitness test to see if he’s in contention after picking up a thigh problem last time out. Laurent Koscielny is also a doubt due to a calf problem but Thomas Vermaelen seems to be winning his fitness fight to overcome an ankle knock.

Carl Jenkinson is suspended after being sent off for two bookable offenses versus Sunderland. Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey and Bacary Sagna are all fit and pushing for starts while Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in contention.

With Bayern Munich on Tuesday I’d like to see Arsene Wenger use his squad and rest a few key men. With Wilshere, Koscielny and Vermaelen all nursing knocks I think it would be sensible to rest all three for the Blackburn game. A back four of Sagna, Mertesacker, Miquel and Monreal should deal with Rovers just fine while Ramsey and Diaby in midfield should also be able to cope with the Championship outfit.

So below is the team I’d go with on Saturday. The boss may go with a stronger team but I think this eleven would suffice.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Arsenal have a superb record against lower league opposition in the FA Cup having never tasted defeat in our last 34 outings and I’d expect Saturday’s game to continue that trend. As long as the players show up and put in a professional display, our quality should shine through. Arsenal 2-0 Blackburn

What would your starting eleven be and whats your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Highbury days will Return!!

    February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I like this line up, i hope thats the one we will see, it means we effectively rest Theo, Poldi, Santi, Wilshere, Verm and Kolsh. I would also then like to see giroud subed at some point in the game but of course they have to score early etc…. Go Gunners

  2. bob

    February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    yer i like this line too,its got a bit of everything,strong back 4,experience in positions where needed,and also a chance for blackburn with gervino playing or not depending which one turns up!!

  3. Marcus

    February 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I like the line up. A great second team we have on paper but we all know sometimes arsenal dont dominate on the pitch. Would like to see giroud subed at half time, i wish arsenal bought a good backup striker in the transfer market all we really have is giroud and sometimes theo. cum on gunners 3-1 to the gunners

  4. kev

    February 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    got a feeling rovers may smash you

    • your wife

      February 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Got a feeling you will get smashed in your face during the weekend

      • kev

        February 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        pardon now we know you cant tackle arsenal its not nice but smash them

  5. Musa tanko

    February 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Up arsenal…bt wit Diaby n Ramsey in d heart of midfield…..hmmmm tor lets wait n seen bt bilief in GOD n arsenal squard….all we pray is Victory baba GOD all we pray is victory

  6. adekoya

    February 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Nice line up,I know arsenal have dept,I know they will win,gunners till I die

  7. wobble head says

    February 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    come on rovers do the gunners lift the cup respect your mothers

  8. small quiet town but we won the league says

    February 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    we love rovers yes we do support is local we hate man u

  9. Oguntoye Walex.

    February 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Kudos 2allGunners arund dWord dis is awa ril scondteam,ARS 3~1 BBUN.Mr smacha,God’ill smacher ur own face abnoma fc go!!

  10. Oguntoye Walex.

    February 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I nodat dat mr smasher ‘illcome 4rmNigeria,dat was ao den wont 2disgrace S.KESHI b4 myGod now cndem dem 2achies idiot!!!

  11. T2T

    February 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Arsenal First team squad:
    33 players, 9 on loan, 6 carrying knocks and 1 suspension makes it 17 players available. Therefore, AW will at least pick one from Academy. If he goes with the first team squad, I´d pick Yennaris as the one player from U21. He can play midfield and RB. Sagna can play across the back four and we have the needed cover. However, I´d keep at least Squillaci out as well and maybe Arshavin so that would open up for more U21 players (e.g. Eisfeld/Gnabry or maybe Hayden instead of SS?)

  12. akinniru adebowal

    February 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    The line up is nt bad,bt i pray Arsenal win d match

  13. ken

    February 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    home win for arsenal ,i believe the players want to win this one ,this should be a good game I think plenty of goals 3-1 arsenal

  14. Yusuf Arsenal

    February 16, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Hmmmmm I dnt tink weda Diaby nd Ramsey can handle blackburn bcoz dey ar trying nw nd both d 2 playerz ar slogish playerz bt I wish Arsenal can win.

  15. Sanjeev yadav

    February 16, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I think our lineup should include arshavin..

    • Sanjeev yadav

      February 16, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Coz arshavin could play great role in terms of experience….he will give his best coz he knows cup matches r oppurtunity 2 prove himself

  16. Kayode Adeloye

    February 16, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I want to believe that this line up should be able to give us a victory. I wnt Podolski to replace Giroud in the team, considering the fact that Poldi did not play any part in the last game
    Coquelin can also come in for Ramsey.
    My line up
    Sagna Mertesacker Miguel Monreal
    Diaby Coquelin
    Gervinho Rosicky Chamberlain

    • Manamongst

      February 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Trust me, Podolski needed the rest, he appears to be carrying some sort of injury that they´ve been hiding. Either that or he´s extremely lazy on the wing.

  17. asaba mike

    February 16, 2013 at 5:53 am

    ya thi lin up izn’t bad but i wish 2 get early goals.

  18. the Manager

    February 16, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker,
    Monreal, Ramsey, Eisfeld, Rosicky, Walcott, Ox, Giroud,
    Subs : Gervino, Santi, Miquel, Diaby, Yennaris,Gnabry, Fabianski,

  19. Dzzz

    February 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Well that line up looks solid , but id prefer to start Podolski. Mainly coz he may be rested abit too long . Get him in , switch ox and gervinho and bring in Eisfield for Ramsey and that team would be more then competitive . Ramsey deserves abit of a break and since his switch to a more holding role , i feel he will be integral to winning at Bayern on tuesday. Id rather start walcott up the middle and bring Giroud later on as he also needs abit of a rest. Starting XI

    Ox-Eisfield-Podolski(60 then Gervinho)
    Walcott (60 mins then Giroud)

    That should provide the perfect balance between dealing with a competent Blackburn and Sheilding / Resting Key players for tuesday. COYG!

  20. Br

    February 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Since d fa is d only realistic cup we are left with to win, i did put in my strongest team in d 1st half after some few goals without conceding replace d stronger players with d bench which should equally be strong to ensure a win.

  21. Freddy

    February 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Back 4 we shld have yennaris,merteserker,sagna,kosln,coquelin,diaby,rosicky,ox,gervinho,poldi,eisfeld.goalkeeper fabianski.

  22. Wycliffe

    February 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Everthing, faith determines so let us belive that they wil win and give us hope that it wil end of drought trouph for the last of 8yrs.

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