Arsenal vs Blackburn preview, line up and score line prediction by KJ
Just days before our most high profile game of the season so far (Bayern Munich at the Emirates) we must deal with Blackburn Rovers in the last 16 of the FA cup.
Generally, we can expect Arsenal to be the favourites for this match and shouldn’t really come out with anything less than a comfortable win at home. However, this Arsenal team is anything but predictable and there’s no telling what performance we might get. We are doing pretty decently in the league at the moment and hence you’d expect that form to translate into our cup form. But then again, we can expect wholesale changes by Wenger to keep the squad fresh for the game against Bayern.
Yennaris – Mertesacker – Miquel – Monreal
Ramsey – Diaby
Chamberlain – Rosicky – Akpom
This is definitely quite an unorthodox line up.
Firstly, Jenkinson is suspended and Sagna will need to be rested for the game against Bayern. Naturally, Yennaris will most likely feature as our RB which I have no real qualms with. He’s a solid player with Arsenal at his heart.
Miquel will most likely have to come in for the injured Vermaelen and Koscielny. He’s a decent player but I don’t really feel he has a future at Arsenal.
Monreal is only cup tied in Europe, meaning he can play all of the FA cup games without any real repercussions.
Ramsey and Diaby will have to be the central midfield pivot. Ramsey has really come into his own over the last month and is slowly upping the consistency of his game which is impressive. Diaby is still having fluctuations in his current form which is understandable considering his injury record.
My surprise inclusion in the front three is Akpom. He’s been tearing it up for the U21s and this game is perfect to integrate him into the first team. He’s an extremely exciting talent personally.
This game will start off quite tight but Arsenal will comfortably win 3-0 in the end.
Arsenal vs. Blackburn will be on JustLiveStreaming.com