Is there room for sentiment with Arsenal FA cup final team?

It has been a while since Arsene Wenger has had the strength in depth to choose from the Arsenal squad that he has now. And with the injury situation at the club as good as it has been for many a year, the boss is perhaps under less pressure than usual when it comes to selecting his starting line up to face Aston Villa at Wembley.

So I wonder if there could be a little bit of sentiment in the Frenchman’s selection. Because there are quite a few members of the current Arsenal squad who will be desperate to feature in the FA cup final this season for various reasons.

Both Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini have already spoken about what it was like to have to sit and watch from the bench as we overcame a two goal deficit to lift the trophy after extra time last May. Our Spanish left back’s claim in an report that Arsenal’s success is all that matters does not really hice the fact that he is desperate to start.

Wojciech Szczesny was also on the bench that day despite being the number one at the time so no doubt he will be hoping that Wenger sticks with that same policy this year, while Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were not even subs due to their respective injury problems.

Then you have the likes of Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta who did feature last year but have had disappointing seasons with little time on the pitch this time and would surely love to end it on a high and on the pitch.

Do you think the boss can afford any sentiment on Saturday or should he be ruthless and only pick the players that will give us the very best chance of winning?

Tags Monreal Szczesny Walcott Wenger


  1. Ospina
    Bellerin Mertesacker koscielny monreal
    Ramsey wilshere
    Ozil Walcott sanchez

    1. I think that is the team that will win us the fa cup.
      No giroud=clinical finishing more goals in less chances. No innefectivs hold up play. Happy days

      1. you re an idiot. sorry. “ineffective holup play” has got us through the season. og goals to game isn’t bad either.

      1. It’s funny that Santi gets written off time and time again if he has a few bad games, he has been a bit hit and miss for the past 2 months and people are more than happy to highlight how poor he has been.. They forget that he is compromising himself by doing a job in CM, the work he puts in for such a small guy is tough..But no one even mentions him playing out of position, all they look at is that he has been below par recently. Imagine if it was some other ‘players’ playing out of position, we would not hear the last of the excuses each time they have a poor game….

          1. Massively underrated Santi this season. Definitely among the best players this season along with Sanchez and Coquelin. Brilliant with his vision from deep and improved his defensive play so much.

    2. Agreed with the above line-up. Except change Ospina to Schez. There has to be some room for sentiment (cannot be like Mou). Maybe Santi for Wilshere.

    3. Ozil has to be in the middle, Wiltshire on the wing where he played last game.
      Definitely start with Theo.

  2. Winning the fa cup is top priority! So i believe we should put out our best line up to get the job done! Coyg!

  3. Ospina


    Same defense

  4. The fact that you People are mouth watering over this Mickey Mouse trophy shows lack of Ambition. It’s a meaningless trophy.

    Now if you use this line up then at least it will be highly impressive and good experience for players who didn’t play much this season

    Chambers Hayden Gabriel Gibbs
    Diaby Flamini
    Zelalem Bielik
    Akpom Gnabry

    That would make the match enjoyable at least. We would still beat Villa but keep our dignity and match more interesting

    1. @Robertthegooner. Your comment shows you have no clue about what the FA Cup is to English Football. I will Echoe Zulu-boy-SA rant……biaiaiatch!!!!

    2. The will be millions of fans/viewers as well as hundreds of millions in TV revenue and betting all resting on your so called “mickey mouse trophy.”

      (Mickey Mouse would be proud).

  5. SZNY should start in goal, he got punished for what he did at Southampton by being dropped for the League and CL games, I have been p”ssed off with him but let’s be fair and let him keep his FA cup appearances..

    I think Wilshere will not mind starting on the bench, Walcott will mind a bit but will just get on with it..

    And I think Ramsey should start in CM with Ozil and Cazorla fighting for AM, but we know it’s not going to happen, Rambo will start on the right wing. I can’t see any major changes from the normal team.

    1. I agree about SCZNY. I have been critical of his play but Wenger should stick with his FA Cup keeper all the way to the end.

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