Sunderland vs. Arsenal: FA Cup match thread

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Mikel Arteta (C) of Arsenal in action with Stephane Sessegnon (R) and James McClean (L) of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on February 11, 2012 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Sunderland vs. Arsenal
FA Cup Fifth Round
Kickoff: 12:15 PM ET, Saturday, February 18
Estadio de Luz Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
SBN Sunderland perspective: Roker Report
Form: Sun DWWWL | Ars WDWWL
TV Coverage: Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes

So, it has come to pass: Theo Walcott has been given a rest. Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will flank Robin van Persie up front for Arsenal today at the Stadium of Light, while Francis Coquelin has been deputized at left back in place of Kieran Gibbs:

Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Arteta, Song, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Van Persie.

Subs: Rosicky, Szczesny, Walcott, Squillaci, Arshavin, Chamakh, Benayoun.

Sunderland, meanwhile, will force the following eleven men to play a match of football today:

Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Richardson; Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, McClean; Sessegnon.

Frazier Campbell is not in the starting lineup, but Sebastian Larsson will feature back out wide for Sunderland, where his crossing could very well pose an issue.

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COME ON ARSENAL

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