Luke Shaw tweets message to Arsenal trio before FA Cup clash

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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw took to Twitter to send a message to three Arsenal players ahead of tonight's crunch FA Cup quarter-final clash at Old Trafford, calling out former Southampton team-mates Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as England international colleague Jack Wilshere in the build-up to Monday's game.

The £32 million summer signing from St Mary's is expected to start on the left side of Louis van Gaal's defence this evening, as the Red Devils attempt to knock out last season's winners and book their place in the final four of the domestic cup competition.

With a trip to Wembley up for grabs there's plenty of motivation for the players in addition to the bitter rivalry between two fierce Premier League foes, and as a result football fans around the country are anticipating an enthralling encounter at the Theatre of Dreams.

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And, judging by Shaw's most recent social media post it's not only the supporters who are excited about the prospect of Manchester United and Arsenal locking horns, as the 19-year-old is particularly looking forward to coming face-to-face with some familiar faces.

With just two defeats in their previous 22 games in all competitions, Manchester United will fancy their chances of seeing off the challenge of Arsene Wenger's side - particularly with home advantage - although the manner of their recent performances will give the Gunners reason to be optimistic of causing an upset. 

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In the build-up to the game, Van Gaal played down the importance of the tie by claiming that finishing in the Premier League's top four and qualifying for the Champions League was more important than winning the FA Cup this term.

However, given the prestige of the competition, Red Devils fans will be desperate to see their side advance to the semi-finals, especially if it's at the expense of Arsenal.

Wenger admitted that the match might not hold the same kind of appeal that it once did, given the fortunes of both sides over the past 18 months or so, but the fact remains that it's still one of the biggest games on the football calendar.

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One player that won't be involved is former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Jonny Evans serves the first of his six-game ban handed out by the Football Association following the recent spitting incident with Papiss Cisse.

For the Gunners, January signing Gabriel Paulista is the only certain absentee after being ruled out of action for two to three weeks, but there are also doubts over goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Nacho Monreal.

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