Official team news: Arsenal starting XI vs Blackburn

Arsenal.com have revealed the Arsenal starting XI and substitutes to take on Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth-round in just under 1 hour’s time.

The team is very interesting. Vermaelen and Koscielny have both recovered from injury and are included in the starting line-up. Mertesacker is rested. Coquelin appears to be at right-back. Rosicky gets a start for the first time in a while. Gervinho and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain are in. Sagna, Wilshere, Walcott and Cazorla are all on the bench.

Arsenal team vs Blackburn

Arsenal substitutes: Mannone, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski.

This is quite a strong team and does also mean that many of our regular starting XI can be rested before Bayern Munich. I am surprised that Wenger has chosen to take a risk on both Vermaelen and Koscielny. I maybe would have started with Ignasi Miquel.

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2 thoughts on “Official team news: Arsenal starting XI vs Blackburn

  1. Me

    Arsenal are useless – we are losing to Blackburn. What is Wenger thinking ? We have NO chnace at all of winning the Champions League – not a chance in hell. The FA cup is the best chance of winning something yet that idiot plays the likes of Rosicky and Gervinho. Make that EIGHT years of winning NOTHING !!!!!!!

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