Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Liverpool: Changes for FA Cup tie?

  • Arsenal host Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Sunday
  • Mikel Arteta won this competition at the end of his first season in charge
  • Spaniard could rotate his side for the Reds' visit

Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a big response from his side in the FA Cup
Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a big response from his side in the FA Cup / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

The Gunners are synonymous with FA Cup glory, and they'll be looking to get their 2023/24 campaign off to a bang by knocking out one of the big boys.

Arsenal play host to Premier League table-toppers Liverpool in the third round on Sunday afternoon.

Mikel Arteta's side ended 2023 with back-to-back defeats, and it'll be a little while until we see the Gunners back in domestic league action. Given the club's FA Cup history and their recent woes in the competition, supporters would love a cup run this season.

Thus, the boss is set to name a strong starting XI for Liverpool's visit.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Liverpool

Aaron Ramsdale
Could Aaron Ramsdale come back into the side? / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) - Arteta may be hesitant to play Ramsdale on Sunday if he plans on selling him this winter, but if that isn't the case, Rambo should be the club's FA Cup keeper this term.

Ben White (RB) - I'd be all for giving White a breather if he has been playing through a knock. He's been poor over the past month. However, I suspect Arteta will still prefer him over Cedric Soares.

William Saliba (CB) - With Arteta set to go strong, there's no scope for rotation at right centre-back.

Gabriel (CB) - If the likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber were available, Gabriel could've perhaps earned a rest on Sunday.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - Zinchenko could be in contention and I suspect he'll start if he's fit. Jakub Kiwior has so far looked awkward in the role.

Jorginho (DM) - The holding midfielder has featured sparingly as of late after enjoying a run in the side. This seems like a game where he'll come back into the team, even if Liverpool's proficiency in transition could overwhelm the Italian.

Declan Rice (CM) - Jorginho should have Rice by his side holding his hand. The Englishman could be asked to perform more of the Granit Xhaka role on Sunday while also supporting the Italian.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - The skipper opted to conduct things from deep last time out against the Reds, and I suspect we'll see something similar on Sunday with Arsenal expected to have more of the ball than they did at Anfield.

Bukayo Saka (RW) - Like White, Saka is supposedly playing through a knock, but Arteta isn't one for handing the club's starboy breathers.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) - After dropping to the bench against Fulham, I expect Jesus to return to the starting lineup straight away.

Leandro Trossard (LW) - Martinelli is in need of a break and this is the perfect time to drop him to the bench. Trossard has hardly set the world alight this season, but the Belgian is more likely than Reiss Nelson.