The Gunners’ defence of the world’s oldest football cup competition continues with the visit of Aitor Karanka’s Championship side.
Boro are riding high in the second tier, sitting atop the table after their midweek 2-1 win against Blackpool. However, they’ve also proved they’re more than a match for the big guns, having dispensed of Premier League champions Manchester City in the last round.
Last time out in the FA Cup Arsenal saw off Brighton in an enthralling 3-2 battle at the Amex Stadium, with that result adding to Arsene Wenger’s sterling 2015. Six wins out of the last seven outings for the Gunners.
It’s likely Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez will both miss out for the home side after picking up knocks at Leicester, though Wenger can rely on the sterling form of both Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil in Sunday’s 4pm clash.