Saturday, 8 January 2011

Arsenal v Leeds team news

Arsenal will rotate their squad for the lunchtime FA Cup tie against Leeds and midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be back in contention after returning from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest.

Emmanuel Eboue will come in at right-back for Bacary Sagna who is suspended and Kieran Gibbs is available again after an ankle injury.

Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Laurent Koscielny will all be rested with Denilson, Craig Eastmond, Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky all possible starters.
Abou Diaby, Manuel Almunia, Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen all remain out injured.

Leeds trio Sanchez Watt, Lloyd Sam and Andy O'Brien are all doubtful for the 3rd round clash.

Striker Watt, on a season-long loan from the Gunners, has been given permission to play by Arsene Wenger but sustained a head injury after stepping off the bench in the midweek defeat at Cardiff. Midfielder Sam has a thigh strain and central defender O'Brien has a dead leg.

Manager Simon Grayson said: "We're depleted somewhat by injury as it stands.

"We've had a lot of games in a short space of time and that has taken its toll. I'm not surprised, given the run we've had, so we'll take things as they come over the next day or so."

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