- Mesut Ozil
Alexis Sanchez has been brilliant on the left, Cazorla in central midfield has got sweeter with age like old wine, raising the question of Mesut Ozil’s role in the team henceforward. Just the substitute appearance against Stoke has been his involvement in an Arsenal game since October, so he may not fire from the start at Brighton.
Yet, he will know this is his opportunity to really start delivering on his reputation. Surely Wenger will play him as a Number 10, especially if Santi will be given a rest – and he should. He will still be his languid, strolling self but perhaps with Walcott with him, we could finally witness the making of the German in an Arsenal shirt.
- Theo Walcott
Theo says he wants to be at Wembley this year for the final, having sat last year’s triumph out due to the injury picked in third round. He got his first Arsenal start since that injury in the last tie at home to Hull and he will be buzzing to finally get his shooting boots in the right orientation having shown signs of rust in that game and in the following win over Stoke. he will also go into this game on the back of good memories from the last visit to the Amex, having scored the winner 5 minutes from time as a substitute. And, like stated in Ozil’s case, he may finally develop the long anticipated partnership with Ozil.
Both have been under scrutiny as to how they will fit into the Arsenal team following the win obtained without them at City. Time to prove their worth, but for Walcott, it’ll be more about scoring again and getting his confidence back.
- Wojciech Szczesny
Speaking of confidence, no one needs as much support at the moment as Szczesny does and handing him a first start since that Southampton nightmare on New Year’s Day will be a huge pat on his back. Some have tauntingly suggested that Damian Martinez should be the man in goal for the game but that will ultimately destroy Szczesny. Wenger believes in him and if he gets the nod, he must show sufficient firmness to win back Arsenal fans, most of whom have clearly deserted him.
- Joel Campbell
Does Wenger believe in Campbell? Well, he believed in him enough to start him in the last FA Cup game and it was a perfect game from the Costa Rican, missing some good chances on goal. He may still be shipped out somewhere even after this game, but supposing he scores a hat trick? There you go.
- Chuba Akpom
With Sanogo out on loan, Chuba is the youngest striker in the team now and there is reduced competition in that department. He is yet to make a starting appearance this season but could be handed a chance against the seagulls defence on Sunday. The permanent sale of Afobe plus the new contract being offered to him must be signal to that the Arsene wants him to have an Arsenal future. He has a good rating amongst Arsenal fans, all he needs to make it much better would be an accomplished performance.
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