Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Coventry – Zelalem To Start?

By on January 23, 2014

Arsenal play host to Coventry City at the Emirates on Friday night in the fourth round of the FA Cup, here Gooner Mac gives us his predicted team for the game.

Lukas Podolski

After thrashing Tottenham in the previous round we were handed a rather kind draw as we face League One opposition at home.

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This should be a good opportunity for Arsene Wenger to rest a few of his key men, although he did claim at his press conference on Thursday morning that he won’t be taking this game too lightly.

That said, I’m expecting a few changes and Lukasz Fabianski should come in for Wojciech Szczesny in goal while Carl Jenkinson is also expected to start at right back giving Bacary Sagna a rest. Nacho Monreal has started the last couple of games so Kieran Gibbs should come back in tomorrow.

Thomas Vermaelen looks unlikely to be back as Arsene failed to mention him in his team news update today, so Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are likely to start in defence.

Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta are all still injured so our options are limited in midfield, although they could be back to face Southampton on Tuesday. Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini are expected to start but Wenger may opt to hand a debut to young Gedion Zelalem with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil in line for a rest.

Nicklas Bendtner returned to training this week and he’s almost certain to start up front while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski should also get run-outs as they work their way back to full fitness following lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Here’s my predicted started XI for tomorrow’s game:

What do you think of my line-up? What team would you play? Shae your views below.

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3 Comments

  1. Ricardo

    January 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Very good line up

  2. Pongo Power

    January 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Brass selection.

    Too many rent boys!

  3. Goddey

    January 24, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Correct

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