Arsenal confirmed line-up v Lincoln City: 26-year-old out in four changes
By Alex Stevens
Arsene Wenger has made four changes to his side to face non-league side Lincoln City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
26-year-old Danny Welbeck is out with sickness, Alex Iwobi, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin drop to the bench.
Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs come in to a strong line-up, with Olivier Giroud starting up top again.
Wenger will be expecting his team to do the business against a non-league side who have exceeded expectations to get to the quarter-finals.
But Wenger knows it won’t be easy and a slip-up could be the final straw, with his contract due to end in the summer.
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The team news was released on Arsenal’s official Twitter page on Saturday afternoon.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 11, 2017
Arsenal have had a disastrous few weeks that has seen them lose 10-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, sandwiched by 3-1 losses to both Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League.
The FA Cup represents Arsenal’s last realistic shot at silverware after a hugely disappointing season.
They are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points outside the Champions League qualifying spots and 16 points behind league-leaders Chelsea, although they do have a game in hand.
The FA Cup match against Lincoln game kicks off at 5.30pm at the Emirates.
In other Arsenal team news, this Sky Sports pundit predicts where Arsenal would finish in the Premier League without Alexis Sanchez.