Premier League giants Arsenal will seek to maintain their hunt for a trophy this season when they make the visit to Gander Green Lane to face fifth-tier Sutton United in the FA Cup.
The north London outfit are probably out of the Champions League following their 5-1 mauling by Bayern Munich in the last 16, first-leg, and this leaves the Cup as the only route to success.
Arsene Wenger played a second-string side for the previous Cup outing versus Southampton, and it will be a similar case when they take on close neighbours Sutton.
David Ospina has been a regular in both the FA Cup and the Champions League, but Wenger might change things around with Emiliano Martinez earning his first appearance since the turn of the year.
The defence is likely to see plenty of changes with left-back Kieran Gibbs being the only player who could keep his place. Forgotten star Carl Jenkinson could satisfy the right-back role on Monday night while Gabriel and Rob Holding will probably be the preferred pair at the heart of the backline.
Mohamed Elneny will earn his first start for a while in central midfield alongside Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was particularly impressive at St.Mary’s during the previous round.
Danny Welbeck has been largely a substitute for Arsenal in recent outings despite his hat-trick versus Southampton last term. The England international will probably shift to a role on the left-wing with Alex Iwobi in the number 10 position while Jeff Rene-Adelaide could earn another chance to impress on the right side of the attack.
Olivier Giroud has been an outsider for the starting lineup in recent games. Nevertheless, he could be handed the captain’s armband during the Gunners’ trip to south London on Monday night.
Sutton are due to host Arsenal in an artificial 3G pitch, and this could benefit the Gunners with their sleek passing. No upset on the cards, but a goal for Sutton perhaps.
Sutton United 1-4 Arsenal