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Monday 17 June 2019

Giroud or Falcao? Rooney or Ozil? It's the Arsenal/Man United combined XI

Tonight in the FA Cup sixth-round, Arsenal travel to long-time rivals Manchester United.

The draw for semi-final will then take place immediately after the game at Old Trafford.

Based on the below predicted line-ups, we've picked a combined XI ahead of the FA Cup tie.

Manchester United: (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Carrick; Di Maria, Rooney, Young; Falcao.

Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Coquelin; Welbeck, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.

FINAL RESULT: MANCHESTER UNITED 5. ARSENAL 6

Ahead of the match, Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger says he is still "haunted" by Ryan Giggs stunning goal to win the game for Manchester United when they teams met in an FA Cup semi-final back in 1999. United then went on to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble that year.

"I can still hear the shouts of that team - they couldn't believe it because they were down to 10 men," Wenger said.

"They then won the title, just."

"I think that goal won them the treble because if [Dennis] Bergkamp scores [late penalty], the game is over. It was a trauma for us in a negative way and for them a lift in a positive way.

"Bergkamp never wanted to take a penalty again, and it put them on the road towards success."

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David de Gea's contract with Manchester United expires at the end of next season
 

David De Gea (Man Utd)

While David Ospina has impressed recently after taking Arsenal's No 1 shirt from Wojciech Szczesny, David De Gea has been one of the standout players in the division this season.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

The Spanish youngster is improving by the week, while Antonio Valencia still struggles in the position.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

A consistent performer in the centre of the Arsenal defence.

Chris Smalling (Man Utd)

A more solid choice than Per Mertesacker.

Luke Shaw (Man Utd)

The £30m man just makes the starting line-up ahead of Kieran Gibbs.

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Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City battles for the ball with Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal
 

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)

A revelation in the defensive midfield role for the Gunners. Just gets the nod ahead of Daley Blind due to recent form.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Possibly Arsenal's best player this season, even wearing the captain's armband on occasions.

Angel Di Maria (Man Utd)

Has come in for much criticism after his poor run of form, but has still enough to keep Danny Welbeck, not a natural right-winger, out of the side. Theo Walcott is not firing on all cylinders yet after lengthy absence.

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Wayne Rooney
 

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

The captain has three goals in his last four games, and gets in ahead of the inconsistent Mesut Ozil.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

The first name on the team sheet.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Has scored five goals in his last five games for Arsenal despite being met with criticism from his own fans. With Robin van Persie injured, his only opponent is Radamel Falcao - who has scored just four goals in 20 appearances for United.

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