Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Vermaelen remain doubtful as Arsenal FC prepare to face Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
The big final is here and with it the chance for Arsenal and Hull City to attain glory. The Gunners will head into this game as the favourites as they look to end their long standing trophy drought, but they will have to guard against complacency against a Hull City side, who have performed well in this tournament so far. Arsene Wenger’s men will be keen to repeat the mistake they made against Birmingham City few seasons back.
Arsene Wenger doesn’t have any new injury concerns ahead of this game; in fact the dreaded injury list has been reduced considerably in the past few weeks. Ryo Miyaichi, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry continue their spell at the side-lines, but the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have all regained full fitness ahead of the big final at Wembley. There is still uncertainty regarding the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Vermaelen though.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been struggling with his groin since the 0-3 win over Hull City last month and he will undergo late fitness test ahead of this game to confirm his availability. Vermaelen, whose last appearance was in the penultimate league match against West Bromwich Albion, had stiches on his knees and, like Oxlade-Chamberlain, he will undergo late fitness test as well. Arsene Wenger confirmed that the rest of the squad, which faced Norwich City in their last match, will be available.
“Everybody should be available who played in our last game at Norwich. There’s still some uncertainty about Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Vermaelen who was out at the last minute with stitches in his knee. We’ll know more about that tomorrow or Friday.” – The Arsenal manager said in the pre-match press conference.
Arsene Wenger is expected to make only two changes to the side that started against Norwich City in their last league game. Santi Cazorla will replace Tomas Rosicky in attack, while Per Mertesacker will resume his partnership with Laurent Koscielny in the center of the defence as Carl Jenkinson drops back to the bench and Bacary Sagna starts as the right back. Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal once again as he has done so far in this tournament.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Fabianski (GK); Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud