Gabriel to make debut: Predicted Arsenal line-up to play Middlesbrough

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Here is the side we predict Arsenal will line-up with when they take on Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

Arsenal take on Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday with the Gunners looking to defend the trophy they won back in May.

With a number of big-hitters eliminated in round four the Gunners will know they have a far better chance of retaining their trophy but they will not be taking the Championship side lightly.

Middlesbrough are currently top of their league with 59 points from 30 matches and they knocked out reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the previous round.

As a result, do not expect Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to play the youngsters. This is a match the Gunners will be taking very seriously.

Arsenal will be without Mathieu Debuchy, who is side-lined with a dislocated shoulder until mid-April, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are also injured.

Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez are also struggling to be fit but January signing Gabriel Paulista could finally make his debut for the club.

Taking all that into account here is the side we predict Arsenal will start with against Middlesbrough this weekend:

Predicted Arsenal starting line-up: Szczesny, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Walcott, Rosicky, Cazorla, Welbeck, Giroud

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