Which Arsenal players to rest for Sunderland in FA cup?

Arsenal fans already know that our FA cup opponents on Saturday are likely to field a weakened side, after the Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce had a right old moan about his fixture schedule. He might be trying to pull a fast one but I very much doubt it with their Premier League survival under threat and being the club’s clear priority.

So that makes up in some way for Arsenal having the bad luck to get a Premier League team while the likes of Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea get Exeter, Sheffield United and Scunthorpe. Anyway, the situation for Sunderland means that Arsene Wenger will feel able to do a fair bit of squad rotation while still retaining a good chance of getting through.

But how many and which changes do you think the Arsenal boss should make? Bearing in mind that because of the injury list a lot of the Arsenal first team have had very little rest and we have just had that busy festive schedule I think it is important for some key players to be rested until the Liverpool game next week, so assuming that Alexis Sanchez is fit and available, this would be my starting XI.

Debuchy, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs
Flamini, Arteta
Campbell, Alexis, Chamberlain

What do you think Gooners and how would you line Arsenal up for the cup?

Tags Alexis Debuchy Gabriel


  1. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Crap why would you rest our keeper that makes no sence. Not like he is running around for 90 min. Only players I would rest is BFG ozil and OG

    1. goonthinker says:

      ospina needs game time

      1. muffdiver says:

        i disagree.
        play petr every game- he is vital

  2. goonthinker says:

    wow .
    Its very obvious that isnt the team to start
    on saturday.

    I would go with
    bellerin gabriel mertesacker gibbs
    chambers flamini
    sanchez ramsey campbell

  3. goonthinker says:

    seems demichelis is the weakpoint everton are targeting

  4. Greg says:

    I would rest our assist king mesut ozil! Coyg!

  5. muffdiver says:

    everton bought lukaku for 28 million- he is 22

    what a steal-

    1. goonthinker says:

      paying 28mil for a young player.
      I wouldnt call that a steal.

    2. Fatboy Gooney says:


      The steal was Wenger refusing to pay the asking price after having him scouted for years whilst at Anderlecht and while wenger was busy bulking at 9 million, Chelsea jumped in and paid double just to make sure they got him lol
      Mourinho dented Lukaku’s moral abit but hey, who’s laughing now!

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        wenger was simple interested to increase the numbers in his” i almost got this player” list.

  6. juhislihis says:

    ————- Cech
    Bellerin – Gabriel – BFG – Gibbs
    ——– Chambers – Ramsey
    ——— OX – Özil – Campbell
    ———– Giroud

    Sub Özil, Giroud and possibly Bellerin off when it’s safe. Bring on Adelaide, Sanchez and Debuchy. Remember, we are playing a PL side!

  7. Fatboy Gooney says:

    ———————— Ospina
    Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs
    ————— Flamini, Arteta (??)
    Campbell ——- OX ——– Adelaide
    ———————- Iwobi

    Probably line up?
    with maybe Giroud, Walcott, Ramsey and Sanchez on the bench, Along with a few more youngsters.

    A few players have been given the weekend off!

  8. Ks-Gunner says:

    i am srry this is a bit out of topic but i think that lukaku will be an arsenal players in the next season.

  9. Fatboy Gooney says:

    If you think that Cech, Bellerin, monreal, Ozil, Walcott and Giroud will be starting then You Guys are going to be in for a shock when you see our official line up against Sunderland

    Ospina, Adelaide, Chambers, Gibbs, Campbell and Gabriel Are definitely starters!
    The bad news is so could Arteta lol

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      I dont mind this starting line up bro. Gunnersaurus should be also given a chance to shine. he is a machine.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        Plus he got a mean cross on him…

  10. Skandalouz says:

    I don’t really trust Ospina but I figure he’ll start

    also gametime for Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs, Ox, Iwobi and perhaps JEFF!

    just praying this won’t be a sheffield wednesday performance again with that much rotation

  11. Aaron says:

    My predicted lineup:
    Gk: Ospina,
    DF: Debuchy,Mert, Gabriel,Gibbs
    MF: Arteta(if not fit then elneny or Flamini), Chambers, Adelaide.
    ATT: Chambo, Walcott, Iwobi (not sure if Walcott will play but who else could we play?)
    Sanchez and Giroud off the bench or elneny of he is signed and we are in a good position. There’s enough quality and experience in that team to beat Sunderland, who have worried other than a cup game.

    1. Aaron says:

      Who have worries other than a cup game *

  12. Valentine Chitiya says:

    player rotation. is gud especially tha fixtures ahead of this month

  13. GoonerG1 says:

    I want to see Ozil rested and Adelaide play. I don’t care what other changes Wenger makes.

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