Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi has enjoyed a breakthrough season, leapfrogging the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the pecking order, but his recent form has wavered which could see him making way ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Liverpool. The 20-year-old greatly underperformed against Sutton United in last Monday’s FA Cup clash, and finds his place at risk due to a lack of output in 2017 – ten games, one goal and two assists.
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Will Arsenal scout Liverpool against Leicester City ahead of next Saturday’s Premier League meeting? 0
Premier League defending champions Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, five days before Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool. With no competitive game until March 4, it would be a good opportunity for the Gunners to scout their next opponents given they have a full week of training to prepare for the fixture.
Arsenal have won just one of their last six head-to-heads with Liverpool in the Premier League, losing two and drawing three, while keeping just one clean sheet. The Gunners have conceded 15 goals in the six meetings, and haven’t beaten the Reds since 2015. As a result, it would perhaps be worth their time to scout Liverpool for their weaknesses to make sure they don’t fall short again.
Laurent Koscielny could be out of action for Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool as he continues to battles with hamstring injury, but could it be Per Mertesacker who replaces him? Gabriel Paulista is expected to partner Shkodran Mustafi at the back if Koscielny isn’t back in time, but Mertesacker has been training for some time and could be an option.
Gabriel’s athleticism is his greatest strength and may be key to keeping tabs on an energetic Liverpool frontline. But Mertesacker is a measured player who doesn’t give away fouls, nor does he dive in and compromise his position on the pitch. Gabriel has the pace to chase players bearing towards goal, but he’s also suspect due to his rashness in the tackle.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is nearing recovery from a calf strain suffered at the end of last month. Manager Arsene Wenger said it would be three weeks until the Welsh international returned from the knock, and Ramsey should have enough time before Arsenal’s next game to make his return.
The Gunners face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, March 4, and Arsenal are 11/4 to win against the Merseysiders. Ramsey is unlikely to start given his lack of match fitness and the stiff competition in the midfield, but having him as another creative and industrious option in the side gives Arsenal another dimension if things aren’t working on the pitch.
Arsenal will host Lincoln City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, March 11 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners booked their place after seeing past Sutton United on Monday night, while Lincoln enjoyed a shock victory away to Burnley.
FA Cup quarter-final draw
Chelsea v Manchester United
Middlesbrough v Huddersfield/Manchester City
Tottenham v Millwall
Arsenal v Lincoln
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed in central midfield after coming off the bench in Monday’s FA Cup victory over Sutton United, and may well have given manager Arsene Wenger a selection headache when they return to Premier League action next month.
The English international was introduced at half-time against the National League side and was one of the better performers on the night for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled the strings in the midfield and was having an impact in the final third -no player had more shots on target or dribbles than the 23-year-old.
Arsenal travel to the Borough Sports Ground to face National League side Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup tonight, and are big favourites to reach the quarter-finals despite their poor form of late. The Gunners have struggled on the road in recent weeks, and come into this evening’s clash off the back of consecutive defeats, but should make the gulf in class count to ensure there’s no cup upset.
Arsenal defender Rob Holding could deputise for the injured Laurent Koscielny ahead of this evening’s FA Cup fifth round meeting with Sutton United. Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to ring the changes from the side that were heavily beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and Holding is one player who could be selected as he played 90 minutes in the previous round.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Bolton Wanderers in the summer, has made nine appearances in all competitions this season. Holding has been utilised in the EFL Cup and FA Cup, as well as getting 90 minutes in the Champions League group stage, and could well edge himself ahead of Gabriel Paulista in the Arsenal defence.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to ring the changes for Monday’s FA Cup fifth round clash away to National League side Sutton United, but Danny Welbeck won’t play a part for the Gunners. The English international has been slowly building up his match fitness after recently returning from a lengthy period on the sidelines but cited the plastic pitch of Sutton’s as a reason for his absence.
Arsenal travel to face National League side Sutton United on Monday night in the FA Cup fifth round, as the Gunners look to avoid another embarrassing defeat.
The home side’s form has been poor of late in England’s fifth tier, as Paul Boswell’s side are 17th in the National League, having failed to win any of their last four games in the league.
In fact, the last time they recorded a victory was in the last round of the FA Cup, as they got the better of Championship Leeds in a 1-0 win. Sutton have also eliminated Cheltenham and AFC Wimbledon on the way to the fifth round.