I love the FA Cup and Arsenal are the best FA Cup team ever – Fact! This reputation needs to be upheld, and so, when we play Hull tomorrow we should field a very strong team.
We are just a few steps away from winning it for a third time in a row, but we will have to give everything to overcome the Tigers tomorrow evening. We know all to well that we are often vulnerable in the cold autumn and winter months when we travel up-north for a cup game. 17HT and I went to the League Cup game at and against Sheffield Wednesday in October and boy were we awful then. Other than putting strong players on the pitch, we need to make sure they are mentally well-prepared for the Tigers’ encounter.
I am not sure whether 17HT will have time to do a full match preview now he is busy with a new family addition. However, just in case he is planning to write one, I suggest we should help him by discussing what team you would prefer to play tomorrow.
My preferred first eleven looks like this:
Ooospina in goal, Chambers to give Bellerin a rest, Gibbser to get another game under his belt and another opportunity for the BFG/Gabriel partnership to gel further. Ideally, the BFG gets a rest too but I reckon we need him to organise our defence, with both Koz and Cech out of the equation.
Le Coq is out and Flamini seems the most logical replacement; next to him I would like to see Elneny again. Rambo could do with a rest and the Egyptian can use this as an opportunity to build further on his impressive performance against the Spuddies. Giving Ozil a rest when we can is always a good plan, and it would also be good to give Danny a rest too; but both should be on the bench in case they are required in the second half.
Iwobi is an exciting prospect and I would love to see him start in the hole, behind Giroud who will help us to crack the parked buses of the Tigers. Alexis finally scored a goal again and he needs to build further on this tomorrow; so a definite start for him.
With these eleven starters we have a good and experienced spine and plenty of drive and energy around it to make it to the next round. But what do you think, Bergkamesquers? 🙂