LONDON — Arsenal have made seven adjustments from the team that was hammered 5-1 at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week for today’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sutton United. Watch Live Stream on Arsenal TV. Follow live scores at www.livescores.com.
Under-fire manager Arsene Wenger has decided to name a mixture of youth and experience players in his starting lineup for this one.
Experienced forward Theo Walcott comes in to lead the attack as the lone striker.
Also starting today are Lucas Perez, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Gabriel, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding, who will partner Shkodran Mustafi in the heart of the Gunners defense.
David Ospina starts in goal for Arsenal, while Emiliano Martinez has been named to the bench.
Attackers Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lead a strong bench for Wenger’s side, with Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker and Ainsley Maitland-Niles next to them.
Wenger admits that the defeat to Bayern Munich last week was a huge setback, but his team is focus on repairing that damage.
“We can only repair what happened at Bayern against Bayern,” the Frenchman said on BBC Sport.
“We want to focus on this competition and turn up from the start. We need full focus because it will be a very committed game.
“I’ve been here in England a long time now and know every tie in the FA Cup is difficult, we are prepared for that.
“Top level players adapt to the problems they face. We are not used to the pitch but I think we have enough qualities to adapt to it later, at least it is flat.
“I come from a club that is smaller even than Sutton. Usually, clubs like that depend on two or three people who dedicate their whole life to it, and I have a lot of respect for that.”
Sutton UnitedXI: Worner, Amankwaah, Downer, Collins, Beckwith, Deacon, Bailey, Eastmund, May, Gomis, Biamou.
Arsenal XI: Ospina; Gabriel, Mstafi, Holding, Monreal; Elneny, Xhaka, Lucas, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Walcott. Subs: Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez.