Name your starting line-up for Stoke
One thing is for sure, Arsene Wenger’s team selection will certainly be pushed to the limit on Sunday.
With much-played defenders Gallas and Vermaelen calling for a breather, the boss will have to make good use of Sol Campbell to reshuffle Arsenal’s back four.
And considering the fact that Eduardo has played every single game since his return at Burnley in December, the Croatian will need a break with a pile of crunch fixtures on the way.
Andrey Arshavin rediscovered his goal-scoring form on Wednesday but the 28-year-old has constantly featured in Arsenal’s attack – especially in the absence of Van Persie, Walcott and Bendtner – and he may seek another FA Cup rest.
One man who will definitely be rested though is Bacary Sagna who has a shoulder concern. That leaves a hole at right back for Arsenal and Wenger revealed on Friday his options were down to either Craig Eastmond or Francis Coquelin.
Bench warmers Lukasz Fabianski, Mikael Silvestre and Carlos Vela are likely to be involved (fit-again Walcott may also be in action) while it remains questionable whether Wenger will risk the likes of in-form midfielders Rosicky and Fabregas who only recently regained fitness.
Fran Merida is out but back is Jack Wilshere while more reserves’ youngsters in Kyle Bartley, Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Gilles Sunu have been called up.
So how would you pick this team?