Manchester United Vs. Arsenal FC, FA Cup: Arsenal Lineup

Coming off the back being denied the Carling Cup thanks to a last-minute defensive error and being knocked out of the Champions League in extremely disappointing fashion, we'd expect Arsenal to be making a statement today in their FA Cup quarter-final match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Although the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, and Theo Walcott are missing (along with long-term absentee Thomas Vermaelen and all of the team's goalkeepers save Manuel Almunia), the Gunners can still deploy a fine side against United.

Arsene Wenger has chosen to field a fairly typical side, considering who he had available, but the inclusion of Kieran Gibbs as a left back will raise some eyebrows. It's not clear whether Gael Clichy is injured or just being rested after working incredibly hard against Barcelona last Tuesday, and Tomas Rosicky being dropped for Denilson is also a bit of a surprise, but Arsenal will (shock!) field a 4-3-3 with a strong midfield and a dangerous attack.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Manuel Almunia; Kieran Gibbs; Johan Djourou; Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna; Abou Diaby, Denilson, Jack Wilshere; Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, Andrei Arshavin.

Substitutes: James Shea, Sebastian Squillaci, Gael Clichy, Emanuel Eboue, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Marouane Chamakh

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