English FA Cup: Arsenal v Blackburn Teams

February 16, 2013 by No Comments

LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger left Jack Wilshere on the bench for today’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn at Emirates Stadium.

Live FA Cup Football Scores

The England midfielder has been bothered by a thigh problem and Wenger has decided to play it cautious and start with him as a substitute today.

However, captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) and center-back partner defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) both start after coming through fitness tests.

Forward Gervinho, back from the Africa Cup of Nations, starts in the attack alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud.

Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby start in midfield, but Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski all start on the bench.

In total, Wenger made seven changes to his side for this afternoon’s clash.

Arsenal v Blackburn FA Cup Teams

Szczesny, Coquelin, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby, Rosicky, Arteta, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.
Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski

Kean, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Pedersen, Williamson, Lowe, Markus Olsson, Kazim-Richards, Rhodes
Subs: Usai, Givet, Fabio Nunes, Rekik, Nuno Gomes, Goodwillie, Bentley

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.