Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Saturday, 3 January Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Arsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)
Sagna – Gallas – Silvestre – Clichy
Eboue – Diaby – Ramsey – Nasri
Van Persie – Vela
Subs from: Fabianski, Djourou, Song, Wilshere, Bendtner, Adebayor
Portsmouth Likely Line Up (4-4-2)
Doumbe – Timar – Seip – Cathcart
Sawyer – Puncheon – Summerfield – Folly
Mackie – Maclean
Subs from: Duguid, Paterson, Gray, Noone, Fallon, Gallagher, Duguid
Arsene Wenger will name a squad comprimising of namely first team players but it is the fringe players that are expected to start. Diaby is likely to play central midfield in the absence of Denilson while Ramsey may also start. Vela may also start with Van Persie who was rested against Portsmouth in a team likely to be led out by Fabianski.
Plymouth will provide a good test and will have nothing to do but to go for it. Their game plan may be defensive but will try and get Arsenal on the break and via long balls. The match may be a final test for Wenger to evaluate his squad further in the light of the transfer window.