Leyton Orient vs. Arsenal: FA Cup match preview

Kickoff: Sunday, February 20, 11:30 AM EST, Brisbane Road
TV Coverage: Fox Soccer Channel

Arsenal look to break into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup as they travel to East London and Leyton Orient tomorrow for an FA Cup round of 16 tie.  Four days on from defeating hyper-club Barcelona at the Emirates, the Gunners will have to maintain their focus to see off a red-hot Orient side that has not lost a match since the new year.

The O's defeated Championship contenders Norwich and Swansea to reach this stage of the cup, and currently sit 11th in League One, 13 points behind pace-setters Brighton.  Arsène Wenger has been keeping his eye on his opponent since Wednesday, saying

"We have had reports of their games and we watched them a little bit against MK Dons. They have a good left back and they have a striker who looks dangerous, Alex Revell. So you see we always look after our opponent..."

Arsenal have a run of important fixtures in the next week, including the Carling Cup final eight days from now against Birmingham City, and after a draining 90 minutes against Barcelona, changes will have to be made.  Johan Djourou, who was thought to be out with a back problem, could actually be fit, and may start along Sebastien Squillaci:

"Djourou has a test on Saturday," said Wenger. "I will play Squillaci and then will see about whether to play Laurent Koscielny or Johan Djourou. Koscielny finished quite exhausted so if I have the choice I will choose Djourou."

Other than that, Abou Diaby will miss the match with a suspension, and Thomas Vermaelen and Lukasz Fabianski remain not-quite-fit.  Everyone else will be available, and rotation will be the order of the day.

Possible lineup:


Sagna         Djourou       Squillaci        Clichy

Denilson       Rosicky


Bendtner         Chamakh         Arshavin

One could perhaps see Song starting, too, since he only put an hour in on Wednesday...

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