Arsenal travel to the seaside on Sunday for their FA Cup fourth round tie against Brighton.
Going into the game with only a few injury concerns and the ability to rest players, Arsene Wenger is finally, after almost six months of the season, in a position where he can rotate.
Danny Welbeck will not be involved, the forward is still recovering from a thigh problem.
Doubts hang over Hector Bellerin, who should be OK (although the Guardian are reporting he will likely be left out of the starting lineup), and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby and Serge Gnabry are all sidelined.
So, how will Arsenal lineup?
Well, there has been talk of Chuba Akpom being involved which many have taken to mean he will start but I see Wenger sticking with Olivier Giroud who scored a brace at the AMEX two seasons ago.
Joel Campbell must surely get a start if Wenger’s assertions that he wants to keep the player at the club are to hold any weight while Francis Coquelin could well get a break after his magnificent display at City last weekend.
If Bellerin doesn’t start that means Wenger will have the choice of resting one of his centrebacks and moving Nacho Monreal into the centre while bringing Kieran Gibbs back into the starting line up or playing both Kos and Per and it’s hard to gauge what he will do with the BFG surely needing a rest and Kos’s Achilles needing some TLC. I fancy that he will opt to make as few changes to the backline as possible, especially with a week between games at the moment.
In goal David Ospina would have been the cup keeper but as he’s now playing in the league as well does that mean Wenger will bring Wojciech Szczesny back for this game? We don’t think so and expect Wenger to stick with the Colombian.
We’ve left Alexis Sanchez out, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Wenger start him on the wishes of the player himself.
Taking all that into consideration, this is what we’ve come up with: