Chelsea secured a place in final of the FA Cup after a grand Conte’s tactics/master plan that silenced Tottenham. They will be joined by Arsenal or Manchester City who are set to lock horns in a bid to secure a place in the final later today.
For the Gunners, winning the FA Cup may the only way for Arsene Wenger to redeem his image and retain his job. The club’s recent spate of horrendous performances has raised questions over Wenger’s tactical prowess but the recent change in formation against Middlesbrough in the League confirmed that the French tactician may be willing to adapt to modern football.
The French tactician is in the final months of his current contract, he is yet to extend his contract but has remained coy over his decision to sign a new deal. Pundits and fans have called for his head but it is believed that a consistent improvement in the display of Arsenal and winning the FA Cup trophy might dowse the recent displeasure from fans.
Wenger will have a near fully-fit squad but reports according to Arsenal’s official website indicated that Danny Welbeck is yet on another injury hiatus and a doubt for the game against the Citizens. David Ospina, Lucas Peres and Shkodran Mustafi are long term absentees and will continue to be on the sideline until after the FA Cup game.
Petr Cech will be retained in-between the sticks for Arsenal but he’s likely to have a back four play in his front against the back three that Wenger had last time – however, Gabriel Paulista has been shaky in defense, Rod Holding should be given a nod as the youngster has been stellar in all his cameos for Arsenal.
Part of the changes we expect to see is in the attack. Alex Iwobi who has not started for a couple of games is most likely to start in attack while Giroud would be left on the fringes to leave Wenger with a viable striking option on the bench.
This is how we think Arsenal’s will file out against Man City.