Is this Arsenal's biggest game since Wembley '09?

By Graham McNorthbank

Ipswich visit Emirates Stadium tonight knowing that they are the only side to have beaten Arsenal this year and hoping that they can retain their slender 1-0 lead to win a place in next month's Carling Cup final.

Of course, the prospect of a Wembley final should be more than enough to motivate the Gunners' squad, no matter who plays - and let's face it, the task facing our team is a lot less daunting than when we succumbed to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi in April 2009.

With a supposedly easy game ahead of us on Sunday, when Huddersfield come to the Arsenal in the FA Cup, Arsene Wenger has the chance to rest key players and give fringe players the chance to stake a claim for more first team action.

The Gunners are hitting top form, having scored nine goals and conceded just one in the past three games and I have a funny feeling that Le Gaffer may stick to the backbone of the team that put Wigan to the sword on Saturday and rely on the fringe players when it comes to Huddersfield at the weekend.

Despite a number of injury worries following the Wigan game, Wenger yesterday revealed that Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou had all managed to shake off the knocks they picked up and have passed fitness tests ahead of tonight's match.

Le Boss also revealed that both Sebastien Squillaci and Abou Diaby should be back in contention for the weekend, as should Tomas Rosicky who has been living up to his sick note reputation by spending the last week or so in bed.

Keeping things easy then, I'm going to guess that the starting line up will be much the same as at the weekend, therefore giving that starting 11 a week's rest before facing Everton in the league next Tuesday and utilising our fringe 11 for the FA Cup kick off at noon on Sunday.

I know many of you will believe that some of our key players should be rested tonight, so feel free to share your thoughts on the starting line up using our comments facility below.

For the record, here's who I think will start against Ipswich:

Addict XI


Sagna Koscielny Djourou Clichy

            Wilshere Song


          Walcott RvP Nasri