Blow for Arsenal as four key players are ruled out of United clash

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Arsenal host Manchester United in the pick of the FA Cup fourth round ties on Friday evening, but they will be without two key players, according to BBC Sport.

The Gunners may well see this as their best chance of silverware this season, so the focus on coming past their regular foes should be strong leading into the match.

Arsenal languish too far from the top of the Premier League to make a dramatic assault at the title, and although they are still in the Europa League, they will have to overcome some pretty powerful sides if they are to get their hands on that trophy.

With that in mind, we may well see Gunners boss Unai Emery offer this tie more attention than he might have done otherwise, although he generally targets the cups wherever he manages.

The Spaniard will not have a full Arsenal squad to choose from for the clash however, as he is set to be without four first team players.

The Gunners will be missing Hector Bellerin, who picked up a season ending injury in the win over Chelsea last week. He will join Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding on the sidelines for the contest, so the Londoners are going to be light in the defensive areas for the contest.

Emery has not disclosed how strong his line up will be against United, but it is expected that he will name his best available side as he bids to make it through to the fifth round.

All eyes will be on the team sheet of the Gunners boss to see whether there is a spot in it for Mesut Ozil, a man who could well pull the strings in the attacking areas for Arsenal, and potentially be the difference in them progressing or seeing their hopes of domestic silverware end.

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