Holding and Welbeck to start: Strong 4-2-3-1 – Our predicted line-up vs Southampton
Switzerland international Granit Xhaka is now suspended for four domestic games following his red card against Burnley last Sunday.
Theo Walcott is back in the squad after recovering from a calf injury while Danny Welbeck is now fit enough to make a start.
- Arsenal have progressed from 16 of their 20 FA Cup fourth round ties under Arsene Wenger, losing only to Leeds (1996/97), Leicester (1999/2000), Bolton (2005/06) and Stoke (2009/10)
- The Gunners have won their last five away FA Cup matches in a row – they have never won six consecutively in the competition’s history
- After losing back-to-back games against Everton and Man City, the Gunners have since gone six games unbeaten in all competitions (W5 D1)
The fact that our opponents are Southampton means Wenger cannot use this as a luxurious opportunity to rest a majority of his key players. Only a few (if any) can be given a breather this weekend or we risk getting knocked out of the cup to a very dangerous side. After all, the last time we visited the St. Mary’s stadium, we lost 4-0.
Francis Coquelin’s return means Granit Xhaka’s absence might not be felt too much but that still means Aaron Ramsey will have a disciplined role to play in midfield again.
In attack, Mesut Ozil has not played too many games this month and he can start but the same cannot be said of Alexis Sanchez. Therefore, the likes of Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deserve a chance.