Arsenal have been drawn at home to Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup, the game is currently due to be played on February 16th; just 3 days prior to us hosting Bayern Munich.
No doubt the Champions League clash will be on Wenger’s mind and therefore I would expect to see a similar line up to that of yesterday, with the ‘big guns’ of Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Gibbs and co on the bench again, just in case. Although you’d expect us to be capable of winning, especially at home.
Nonetheless Blackburn have been at times somewhat of a bogey team for us, and although they were relegated and are now in the Championship they will still pose a threat if we become complacent.
Blackburn will provide a similar game to the Brighton one, with them both fairly even. Blackburn sit 5 points behind Brighton in their league but Blackburn’s most recent game was against Brighton last Tuesday and produced a 1-1 draw.
The FA Cup gives us a great chance to win a trophy this season, and although we are far from there it is our best opportunity. Therefore we need to make sure we don’t slip up against Blackburn and secure our place in the quarter-finals, but at the same we don’t risk having to field our best team for them to then give an average performance against Bayern as we’ll need to be on top of our game to give ourselves the best chance of progressing in the Champions League when we visit the Alllianz Arena.
Other fixtures in the 5th round were as follows:
Huddersfield or Leicester v Wigan
Luton v Millwall
Man City v Leeds United
Man United v Reading
Middlesbrough v Brentford or Chelsea
MK Dons v Barnsley
Oldham v Everton