Arsenal predicted XI vs. Everton

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Koscielny doubtful to face Everton
Koscielny doubtful to face Everton.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger goes into tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final against Everton definitely without midfield maestro Jack Wilshere, who will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot suffered on international duty.

Wilshere's absence has left the Gunners with reduced options in central midfield, although the likes of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are capable of providing experienced, capable cover.

Wenger is also still without Aaron Ramsey and January signing Kim Kallstrom, with both players closing on a return to full fitness but not ready to feature tomorrow lunchtime.

Arsenal's last competitive action before the round of midweek friendlies was a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat at Stoke City, so expect Wenger to make changes.

Defensive stalwart Laurent Koscienly is struggling with a hamstring problem and missed France's clash with Holland on Wednesday as a precaution, so club captain Thomas Vermaelen could deputise in a rare start.

Further forward Mesut Ozil should return to the starting XI in an advanced midfield role, while Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain can provide the kind of pace and purpose that was sorely missing against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

OIivier Giroud also struggled against Stoke but is expected to continue in attack, with Lukas Podolski likely to return to a familiar position on the subs bench.

Arsenal predicted XI to face Everton: Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

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