One thing that the Arsenal fans will not have to worry about at Old Trafford in the FA cup is being spat at by the Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. Because despite denying the FA charge, Evans has been banned for six games and the first of those will be the quarter-final against Arsenal. He would also miss the replay if we draw tomorrow and have to play again at the Emirates.
There are two very important games for Arsenal to get through, at home to Anderlecht and away to Swansea City, before the next international break comes around, but after that things really start to get serious for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners.
Which United player should Arsenal ask for in return for Thomas Vermaelen? AT
It is being reported by Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph that Wenger is only interested in selling Vermaelen to Man Utd providing that Arsenal receive a United player in return. But which United player would we ask for in any potential deal?
Arsene Wenger is not renowned for changing the set up of the Arsenal team depending on who the opponents are, and the Gunners should have plenty of quality all over the pitch to cause Tottenham all sorts of problems at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The case for allocating one of the Arsenal team to stick close to Gareth Bale is quite a strong one, though, because without him the Spuds would not be winning matches.
The news will not surprise Arsenal fans, but could be seen as a bit of a kick in the teeth for some of the other young players in the England international set up. Roy Hodgson has picked a squad to face Brazil in a friendly next week, but has left out a number of younger players, who will drop back down to the under 21s for the upcoming European championships this summer. Wilshere is not one of them, because he has already proved himself for club and country.