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Arsenal vs. Aston Villa, 2015 FA Cup final: Projected lineups

We've got team news, and a guess at who could start.

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Arsene Wenger's press conference a couple of days ago gave us some good news on the injury front, as most of the Arsenal squad is healthy for today's FA Cup final. Mikel Arteta has returned to full training. Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are available to play, although they are "short of competition." The only major injury is to Danny Welbeck, who will not be available for the game with a bone bruise in the knee.

That raises an interesting dilemma for Wenger – who should start the game? In addition to returns for Arteta, Debuchy, and Oxlade-Chamberlain, both Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere started in the year's final Premier League game and performed well against West Brom, scoring all four of Arsenal's goals in the game.

Still, though, I think for the most part Arsenal and Wenger should stick to what got us here. Until recently, a lineup featuring Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, and Aaron Ramsey has performed admirably, as Arsenal went about three months without losing a league game. Wenger could certainly change things up, but I'm not certain it's the best decision.

On the other hand, Wojciech Szczesny should start in goal. David Ospina has been serviceable, but I personally am not super confident in him (as you all know at this point, I'm sure), and even if I was, Szczesny has been "the cup keeper" since being ousted from the #1 spot. Lukasz Fabianski got to start the final last year. It might be a lucky precedent.

So here's who I think could start.

Projected lineup


Bellerin - Mertesacker - Koscielny - Monreal

Coquelin - Cazorla

Ramsey - Özil - Alexis