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  • February 16, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
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FA Cup Preview: Arsenal - Blackburn

With Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny ruled out and Wenger rotating ahead of the clash with Bayern Munich, the Championship outfit will hope to cause an FA Cup upset.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Miquel, Monreal
Arteta, Diaby
Gervinho, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Podolski
BLACKBURN ROVERS

Kean
Orr, Dann, Hanley, Olsson
Pedersen, Murphy, Lowe, Olsson
Kazim-Richards, Rhodes

Arsene Wenger looks set to rotate his squad from the team that overcame Sunderland in a 1-0 win last Saturday, as he appears intent upon resting some of his key players ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Ignasi Miquel, having come on as a late substitute in the win against the Black Cats, looks set to deputize at center back, as Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) and Laurent Koscielny (calf) continue to struggle with injury.

There are further repercussions from their exertions against Sunderland as Jack Wilshere's dead leg in that tie rules him out of this FA Cup clash. Carl Jenkinson is also ruled out with suspension after his red card in the same game.

Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Oliver Giroud are also likely to be rested from the team that started the Sunderland game, with Abou Diaby, Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski coming in, as their manager clearly has one eye on their Champions League game in midweek.

Blackburn, meanwhile, will look to play a full-strength side as manager Michael Appleton appears ready to keep faith in the team that earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Brighton last Saturday.

The one change that is likely to be made, however, comes in the form of the experienced Morten Gamst-Pedersen replacing DJ Campbell, with Colin Kazim-Richards assuming a role alongside the free-scoring Jordan Rhodes upfront.

Jake Kean, meanwhile, looks set to keep his place in goal as former England international Paul Robinson remains out-of-favor with new boss Appleton.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal and Blackburn's recent encounters have been full of goals; their two encounters last season contained 15 goals.
  • The last of those two games, with the Gunners at home, saw Arsenal romp to a 7-1 win, with Robin van Persie bagging a hat trick.
  • Wenger's side has also been impressive at home of late, having lost only one of the past seven games at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Theo Walcott, though unlikely to start here, has been in blistering form this season and has already equaled his highest amount of assists in a Premier League season - eight (the same as 2011-12).
  • Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes (pictured right) is also in scintillating form, having scored seven goals in his last seven games for  Rovers.
  • Blackburn remains unbeaten on its travels in 2013.
  • It has also been extremely tight at the back of late, having conceded only two goals in its last five games.

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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
17MonrealDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
27GervinhoStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
34Jake Kean Goalkeeper
16Bradley OrrDefender
31Grant HanleyDefender
23Martin OlssonDefender
6Scott DannDefender
35Jason LoweDefender
14Lee WilliamsonMidfielder
12M. PedersenMidfielder
-Marcus OlssonMidfielder
-Kazım KazımStriker
-Jordan RhodesStriker
-Sebastian UsaiGoalkeeper
5G. GivetDefender
44Karim RekikDefender
5David BentleyMidfielder
-FabioMidfielder
25David GoodwillieStriker
21Nuno GomesStriker

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