Arsenal round-up: Cesar Azpilicueta picks Nacho Monreal in five-aside team

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta named Arsenal star Nacho Monreal in his dream five-aside team.

As reported by the club's official site, Azpilicueta insisted that Monreal was a good friend of his after they previously played with each other at Osasuna.

Bizarrely, the versatile defender picked both Chelsea goalkeepers in Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, and selected the duo of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in attack.

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He said: "Can I pick two goalkeepers? Well, it is my team! I'm going for Petr and Thibaut. I'm not going to pick myself, so the defender in my side is going to be Nacho Monreal from Arsenal. He is my good friend, we know each other from Osasuna and he is a good competitor.

"My first attacking player is Eden Hazard. It's for obvious reasons. My striker will be Diego Costa. I know he's going to compete, be strong. I think we are going to have a good team with these players."

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It appears, then, that Azpilicueta rates his fellow Spaniard extremely highly, and certainly wouldn't like to be in Jose Mourinho's shoes when attempting to pick the Blues' No.1 'keeper. 

Wenger will leave Arsenal the right way 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will eventually leave the club in a 'strong and healthy position'.

As reported by BBC Sport, the Arsenal chief, who was speaking to Martin Keown ahead of the club's FA Cup quarter-final showdown with Manchester United this evening, insisted that he wants to leave his successor a 'quality team' at the Emirates. 

Wenger told Keown: "I want to leave the club in a strong and healthy position and that means with good players, with good youth behind and a strong financial position to go further up and develop more. I will do that, you can believe me.

"The guy that comes in after me will be in a very good position to deliver something exceptional. I believe that the biggest quality at a top, top club is to maintain consistency in the results and I hope that when I've left someday and come back to the Emirates to watch a game, I will be very happy to see a quality team."

Szczesny fit to start against United

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks set to start for the Gunners at Old Trafford this evening after being passed fit for the FA Cup showdown against Manchester United, reports the Mirror.

The shot-stopped, who has endured a tricky time in north London of late, looks set to replace David Ospina between the sticks as Wenger's side go in search of booking their place in the semi-final of the competition. 

Arsenal fans: Do you expect your side to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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