Cazorla believes that David Moyes already proved his potential at Everton. [Reuters]

Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday after a pleasant set of results for both sides over Christmas.

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Arsenal have taken 10 points from a possible 12 over the Christmas period with a draw against Chelsea followed by wins against West Ham and Newcastle away and Cardiff City at home.

A win here will give them even more confidence ahead of a harrowing run of fixtures in the second half of the season with trips to Aston Villa and a home game against Fulham on the horizon.

The Gunners are top of the table with a slender one-point lead over title favourites Manchester City, who have not dropped a single point in the recent period and have closed the gap from six points to one at the top of the table.

Arsene Wenger has a lot of injuries to worry about with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all unlikely to make the starting line-up.

The Frenchman is also likely to rotate his backline, with Per Mertesacker having played in every game since missing the Manchester United game in November. Thomas Vermaelen is likely to deputised while Carl Jenkinson is expected to replace Bacary Sagna.

Tottenham come into the game revitalised under the management of Tim Sherwood and will be confident about this fixture, having beaten mid-table Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen scored for Spurs, who come into the game breathing down the necks of Liverpool, who are two points ahead in fourth spot.

Tottenham have already visited the Emirates with former manager Andre Villas-Boas. They lost the game 1-0 owing to a brilliant goal from Olivier Giroud. Sherwood will be hoping that his team show better resilience this around and outpace the Gunners on their own turf.

Emmanuel Adebayor
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What the Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "First of all they have lost one big game against Liverpool but if you look at their overall record since the start of the season, it isn't bad. I'm not surprised that Tottenham can win football games.

"They won at Manchester United but Man United this season, even if I think Tottenham played very well, are a bit more vulnerable. They took advantage well of that because they played at a good pace going forward."

Tim Sherwood: "When the team-sheet comes there are certain players you scan for straight away to see if they're playing. I did it at Old Trafford to see if Wayne Rooney was playing and I'm sure Arsenal will be doing the same with Adebayor.

"It's huge for us that he is fit. When Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal players and their fans saw him come off at Old Trafford, I'm sure they were pleased. But unfortunately he's going to be walking out against them on Saturday."

Form Guide


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D L
  • Last Result: Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff City


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W L
  • Last Result: Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
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Team News


  • Injured: Nicklas Bendtner (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (calf), Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Yaya Sanogo (back), Abou Diaby (knee)
  • Doubtful: Mesut Özil (shoulder)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Rosicky; Walcott, Wilshere, Carzola; Podolski.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Injured: Paulinho (ankle), Sandro (calf), Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Younes Kaboul (ankle), Erik Lamela (thigh), Kyle Naughton (hamstring), Gylfi Sigurdsson (calf)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose; Capoue, Dembélé, Lennon, Eriksen; Adebayor, Soldado