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FA Cup, third round replays: Jack Wilshere the hero for Arsenal

The Gunners are headed to the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a great display by Jack Wilshere.

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Wilshere sinks Swans

Jack Wilshere was the clear man of the match even before his game-winning strike, which was simply the cherry on top of a masterful performance by the Arsenal midfielder.


United vs. West Ham, FA Cup Replay: Lineups

Thanks to Robin Van Persie's late goal we're left with this FA Cup replay featuring Manchester United and West Ham. A change of venue was in order so after squandering home field advantage, the Irons must now try to knock out United at Old Trafford.

Alex Ferguson has made some adjustments but has none the less fielded a strong lineup. Wayne Rooney is back and will start in his usual place sitting behind the striker, with that role being played by Chicharito tonight. The immortal Ryan Giggs gets a start in front of a younger back line.

Sam Allardyce has make some changes from the previous meeting as well. His side gets a huge boost from the return of Mohamed Diamé, easily their most dynamic player. Gary O'Neil replaces Jack Collison and Matt Taylor takes over for captain Kevin Nolan in the midfield.

West Ham United starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Jordan Spence, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Danny Potts; Alou Diarra, Gary O'Neil; Mohamed Diamé, Matthew Taylor, Ricardo Vaz Tê; Carlton Cole.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Anders Lindegaard; Rafael, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Alexander Büttner, Anderson, Ryan Giggs; Nani, Wanye Rooney, Antonio Valencia; Javier Hernández.


Arsenal vs. Swansea City, FA Cup Replay: Lineups

Ah, the magic of the FA Cup. Arsenal host Swansea City in a replay of the 2-2 draw these two sides played out earlier on in the month, and it is beyond clear that one of these teams is super-interested in winning and the other is... less so. Arsenal are, of course, desperate for a trophy, and they're fielding a more or less full strength side here. Swansea, meanwhile, are resting several key players. Apparently they've staged enough cup upsets over the past couple of weeks for Michael Laudrup's satisfaction.

If the Gunners don't thump their guests here, something will have gone very wrong.

Arsenal starting lineup (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Kieran Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna; Francis Coquelin, Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere; Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott.

Substitutes from: Vito Mannone, Carlo Jenkinson, Andre Santos, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrei Arshavin, Lukas Podolski.

Swansea City starting lineup (4-3-3): Miguel Vorm; Swight Tiendalli, Kyle Bartley, Chico Flores, Ashley Richards; Leon Britton, Kenny Agustien, Jonathan de Guzman; Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham, Wayne Routledge.

Substitutes from: Gerhard Tremmel, Garry Monk, Ben Davies, Ki Sung-Yeug, Itay Shechter, Pablo Hernandez, Michu.


Replays on replays on replays

Because it's still 1927, the FA Cup has replays. Sup, fixture congestion?

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