Arsenal predicted line-up for FA Cup showdown with Sheffield United

Arsenal head to Sheffield United for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final looking to extend their record in the famous competition and secure a route into Europe.

The Gunners have a long history of success in the FA Cup, having won it a record 13 times, seven of which were during Arsene Wenger's long reign as manager.

And now Wenger's former skipper Mikel Arteta has his chance to make his own mark in the competition as he tries to salvage Arsenal's season.

Arteta's side kick-started their push for European qualification via the Premier League on Thursday with a much-needed 2-0 win at Southampton.

But that came after two damaging defeats following football's restart, with the North Londoners having lost at Manchester City and then Brighton to fall worryingly off the pace in the race for the top spots.

The FA Cup now arguably offers the club's best route into continental competition for next season, with a Europa League place up for grabs for the winners.

And Arteta is expected to stick largely with a winning team for what will be his side's fourth away game in succession since football returned.

However, there could be a place in the starting line-up for Ainsley Maitland-Niles after he replaced Dani Ceballos for the final 10 minutes of Thursday's win at St Mary's.

Arsenal welcome David Luiz back from suspension following his costly sending-off at the Etihad – although Arteta may stick with Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi at centre-half.

Eddie Nketiah impressed after he was chosen ahead of Alexandre Lacazette on Thursday, scoring the opener against the Saints, but the 21-year-old may be rested from the starting lineup on Sunday.

Matteo Guendouzi could miss out amid uncertainty over his Arsenal future, while Emiliano Martinez will continue in goal as Bernd Leno is sidelined with knee trouble.

The Gunners will be without Gabriel Martinelli (knee), who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, and Calum Chambers, who also has a knee problem.

Ankle injuries keep Lucas Torreira and Pablo Mari sidelined while Cedric Soares is a doubt following a nasal fracture.

Sheffield United will also be targeting a place in the Europa League after two defeats and a draw since the restart saw them lose ground in the Premier League.

Chris Wilder's side will welcome back goalkeeper Henderson, who missed Wednesday's defeat to Manchester United as he was ineligible against his parent club, and centre-back John Egan, who was serving a one-match ban.

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Wilder hopes influential defender Jack O'Connell will be fit enough to make the squad after missing all three games since the restart with an impact injury, and striker Lys Mousset should be available after coming off at Old Trafford with a knock.

Arsenal predicted XI: Martinez, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Saka, Ceballos, Pepe, Aubameyang

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