Arsene Wenger has vowed to take an experienced squad up north to face Bradford at Valley Parade tomorrow, but due to injury, his Arsenal squad will have some notable absences. The most worrying situation for us is up front, as Olivier Giroud has joined Theo Walcott on the sidelines.
The French striker will not be out for long but will miss the cup quarter final due to an injury to his back sustained during the Premier league victory against West Brom on Saturday. His size and strength would have been very useful dealing with the rugged Bradford defence, and Chamakh might get to play in his fourth game of the season. The Moroccan was useful against Reading and already has two goals in the competition.
Bacary Sagna played despite a foot problem at the weekend, but will be rested tomorrow, with Carl Jenkinson a ready and steady replacement. Young Jernade Meade who was so impressive against Olymiacos should get his reward with a starting place at left back tomorrow. The 20-year old is desperate for the chance to impress Wenger and earn himself a new deal with the club.
With Ignasi Miquel having a thigh problem, Wenger will probably stick with his first choice central defenders, but there could be a few changes in midfield. Eisfeld, Coquelin and Rosicky are all pushing for a start, so it should be an interesting team selection tomorrow.