LB: Nacho Monreal
Monreal seems to have firmly moved ahead of Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order now after a quite stunning few weeks and months – it’s a start the Spaniard will relish after missing out on a place in the Arsenal XI for last season’s FA Cup Final at Wembley to his direct competition.
CM: Francis Coquelin
The phoenix-like revival of Coquelin’s career has to be one of the surprises of the season but his loan spell at Charlton earlier this season could help the Gunners in their quest for a second straight FA Cup final. The Frenchman believes his ‘inside knowledge’ of the Championship will see the Gunners certainly progress.