Arsenal starting XI v Sheffield United

The Arsenal starting XI v Sheffield United is a tricky one to pick, however, you can take it to the bank that Mikel Arteta will be taking the FA Cup game with the Blades very seriously.

The Arsenal manager knows full well that the historic cup competition is probably the best hope for the Gunners to make it into Europe next season and he will also be desperate to win a trophy in his first season in charge at the Emirates.

That said, Arteta is likely to ring some changes from the team that faced Southampton last Thursday night.

Emiliano Martinez will, of course, remain in goal with Bernd Leno out for the rest of the season.

I cannot see Kieran Tierney being risked and that means Sead Kolasinac is likely to start at left-back. I reckon Rob Holding will retain his starting spot in central defence, probably alongside Sokratis. At right-back, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will probably get a run-out.

Midfield is always tricky but there is good reason to believe that Matteo Guendouzi will be back alongside Granit Xhaka and probably Bukayo Saka. So no place for Mesut Ozil.

Upfront Arteta will probably recall Alexandre Lacazette in the centre, Joe Willock just behind and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left again.

Probable Arsenal starting XI v Sheffield United

Martinez
Kolasinac
Holding
Sokratis
Maitland-Niles
Xhaka
Guendouzi
Saka
Willock
Lacazette
Aubameyang

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