Arsene Wenger has responded to the brilliant performance and hat-trick of the Arsenal and England international speedster Theo Walcott against West Brom last week by giving him a place in the starting line up as the Gunners prepae for a second FA cup final at Wembley in the space of a year.
Not only has Theo got the nod but he keeps his position as centre forward with Olivier Giroud having to make do with a place on the subs bench. With the Big Frenchman are Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and David Ospina who also miss out, as does the Ox who is at least fit enough to make the squad.
Wenger has kept with his recent formation of Ramsey, Cazorla and Ozil and I assume that the Welshman will be playing on the right again although there is usually plenty of interchange between the creative players. Coquelin keeps his place which is a good idea as our opponents have plenty of danger in their own team, although their pacy front man Gabriel Agbonlahor only makes the bench.
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis
subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Giroud
What we do not want is a repeat of the shaky start against Hull City in last season´s final but I think Arsenal should be more composed this time and we should be set to round the season off in style. COYG!