FA Cup: Arsenal vs Tottenham: Predicted Starting XI’s – Gnabry & Fryers To Start?

By on January 2, 2014

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Arsenal entertain north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup third round on Saturday evening.

Arsene Wenger already has a number of injury concerns to contend with and is expected to rest a few of his key men for the game with his priority being to maintain the clubs title push.

Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna could get a breather with Thomas Vermaelen and Carl Jenkinson coming in to the back-four. Nacho Monreal should continue at left-back with Kieran Gibbs still nursing a knock.

Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla may also get a rest with Tomas Rosicky and youngster Serge Gnabry pushing for recalls, while Lukas Podolski is odds-on favourite to start up front with Nicklas Bendtner injured. Olivier Giroud is close to making a comeback but Wenger is likely to be cautious with the Frenchman and not risk him from the start.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood may also rest a couple of players but is likely to keep faith with the majority of the side that beat Manchester United in order to try and build momentum.

Zeki Fryers could come in for Danny Rose with the left-back still working his way back to full fitness after two months on the sidelines, while Nacer Chadli could be given a start on the left of midfield to offer more protection to young Fryers.

Sandro and Paulinho remain injured so Mousa Dembele should continue alongside Etienne Capoue in midfield while Lewis Holtby might come in for Christian Eriksen to play behind Roberto Soldado with Emmanuel Adebayor ruled out through injury.

Here are our predicted line-ups:

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What do you think of our team? What eleven would you go with? Share your views below.

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7 Comments

  1. pistolpete

    January 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I am sure spurs would love to play against that Arsenal team i do not think strong enough.

  2. coysmanDan

    January 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Friedel
    Walker Dawson Chiriches Fryers
    Lamela Dembele Holtby Eriksen
    Kane Soldado

  3. Musanpa

    January 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I will hppy if arsenal beat spur. Ars 3 spur 1…then arsenal need gud striker pls will av big team in d front lik bayerm munich etc

  4. dz

    January 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Fabiansky
    Jenkinson, Kos, Verminator, Monreal
    Flamini, Frimpong
    Gnabery, Rosisky, Miyachi
    Walcott

  5. MAHMOOD.ISMAHEEL

    January 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I would like the following line-up: Jenko,Kos,Tv5,Nacho,Flamini,Frimmy,Esfield,Podoski,Gnabry,Walcott.Bench:Emily,Haden,Rosicky,Olson,Miyaich,Akpom,Carsola

  6. Yid4ever1

    January 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Lloris Walker Dawson Chiraches Rose
    Lennon Dembele Capoue Erikson
    Soldado Adebayor

    4-4-2 Simples

    Because we are without Vertongen, Kaboul, Sandro, Paulinho, Sigardson and Townsend all injured

  7. rezzy

    January 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    instead of cryn fo a new striker i tink wenger shud give akpom a chance if hiz nt afraid of uzin 16yr old zalalem y nt use akpom he ws impressiv durin preseason

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