Walcott on bench

In-form Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was dropped to the bench as manager Arsene Wenger made five changes to face Liverpool at Anfield.

Of those who started Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea Walcott - who had scored in his last three games – was joined on the bench by Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue, with Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor out injured.

In came the fit-again Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri, Alex Song, Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner.

Centre-back Daniel Agger and winger Albert Riera were Liverpool’s two changes from the side which exited the Champions League at Stamford Bridge a week ago.

Agger made his 50th league appearance for the Reds, replacing Martin Skrtel, while Riera came in for Lucas Leiva.

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