Preston North End should welcome Arsenal to Deepdale on Saturday for their FA Cup tie with no injured players in their squad.
Unless something happens in training between now and the weekend, they will go in to the game with only one player missing – Jermaine Beckford – who will serve the penultimate game of a four-match suspension for the red card he picked up against Leeds on Boxing Day when he clashed with former Arsenal youth player, Kyle Bartley. Of course, when I say ‘clashed,’ which is how the Preston website described it, I actually mean ‘kicked him in the face with both feet’ as you can see in the video below:
Beckford had only just returned from suspension when he picked up his red card.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are expected to make a number of changes for the game with Laurent Koscielny and Alexis being rested. Mesut Ozil will not be rushed back from his illness while Francis Coquelin will miss out with a hamstring injury.
Per Mertesacker, Chuba Akpom and Danny Welbeck are all back in training however the first two are unlikely to be involved. Welbz could be in with a shout, but it’s not clear if Arsene Wenger will risk him. It is a good chance for him to get some game time – if he’s ready, of course.
Arsenal will also be without Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Mathieu Debuchy (Debuchy) while there are still doubts over Theo Walcott (calf) and Kieran Gibbs (knee).
As the yellow card suspension mark has now been moved to 10, neither side have any players at risk of a ban.