The big game has finally arrived, the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas with manager Arsene Wenger will be making their way to Brisbane Road to take on Orient in the FA Cup 5th round.
‘It’s a great test – the ultimate test – but I don’t think there’s one player not looking forward to it.
‘We’ve had a fantastic FA Cup journey and we don’t want it to finish.
‘It might finish, and the bookies might suggest that it is finished before a ball is kicked, but we don’t think so. We believe we still have that little window of opportunity to progress and we’ll give it everything.’
Leyton Orient Team News:
Orient will miss the work-rate of Adam Chambers and the passing ability of Matt Spring in the centre of midfield tomorrow.
I would expect Slade to name our strongest 11, with Scott McGleish partnering Alex Revell upfront and Andrew Whing continuing at right-back over Elliot Omozusi. Jason Crowe will probably step in again for the missing Spring.
Player to watch: Ben Chorley
Former Arsenal youngster Chorley will really have to show Wenger what he missed out on tomorrow if Orient are going to get anything from the match.
Our best defender, Chorley is calm and strong at the back and will have to continue his sparkling form tomorrow when facing Arsenal’s worldclass attack.
Arsenal Team News:
Arsenal will be without defender Johan Djourou due to a back injury whilst Abou Diaby is banned following his red card against Newcastle.
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
Much depends on the team Arsene Wenger puts out tomorrow. There will undoubtedly be Premier League quality on show and if he does play, midfielder Jack Wilshere will be a real threat.
As England’s rising star of football I want him to do well but not tomorrow, when the likes of Dawson and Crowe will have to deal with Wilshere’s clever play in the centre of midfield.
Match Facts & Stats
Arsenal narrowly overcame fellow League 1 side Huddersfield Town in the last round (giving some hope to the O’s) whilst Orient beat Swansea 1-0.
More worryingly the O’s have not beaten Arsenal since 1915 whilst the Gunners have won all four of the previous FA Cup meetings between the teams.
Going with my head I would say that tomorrow’s game is going to be extremely hard against the class of Arsenal but my heart (and maybe a bit of that ‘magic’ of the FA Cup) says a 1-1 draw and a trip back to the Emirates would be a fantastic results for the O’s.