Today we have a David vs Goliath match in the FA Cup. FA Cup holders and expected play off hopefuls Wigan Athletic face Arsenal in the game that will surely be the match to watch this weekend.
Wigan Athletic are in form despite losing their last Championship game against Millwall. Arsenal, although a division above Wigan, are struggling to find form and a shock could be on the cards.
Wigan played miraculously against Manchester City in the Quarter Final of this tournament and will hope that they can continue the momentum and get into a second consecutive final.
Wigan are expected to make several changes to the team that faced Millwall in midweek. Players were rested and an in form Ali Al-Habsi is expected to return to the first team, replacing former England International Scott Carson in between the posts.
Wigan who are playing attractive football again since hiring German legend Uwe Rosler as manager will be without newest permanent signing Martyn Waghorn as he already played in the tournament this year with his former club, who have already sealed promotion to the Premier League, Leicester City. Rob Kiernan is also cup-tied after appearing for Southend while on loan.
Long term absentees include last year’s FA Cup hero Ben Watson, Honduran Roger Espinoza and former Burnley man Chris McCann. Loanees Nicky Maynard, Josh McEachran, Nick Powell and Jack Collison are all eligible for the holders.
Scottish legends Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney are both expected to return to the bench after long term injuries have plagued their season.
Arsenal, who could see this tournament as their best chance to get silverware for the first time in 9 years, will be without Laurent Koscielny, midfielder Serge Gnabry, Germany international Mesut Ozil, England midfielder Jack Wilshere.
It is a battle of the Polish international goalkeepers as Wenger is expected to pick reserve goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski, as in previous rounds, to take his place between the sticks instead of regular number one Wojciech Szczesny.
Welsh international Aaron Ramsey is expected to start, while Wenger will also hand late fitness tests to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky as well as full-back Kieran Gibbs.
Despite the difference in leagues that these two teams play in, one thing is for certain, the two teams that play arguable the most attractive football in England face each other and this is the perfect game for any neutral to get their football fix.
[button color=”red” link=”” target=””]ARSENAL[/button] Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo
Subs: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Kallstrom, Akpom, Eisfeld, Giroud