Arsenal FC could welcome back Mesut Ozil to the squad that travels to face Hull City, while Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini returns to the line-up as well.
Arsenal travel to face Hull City on Sunday as they look to stretch their lead over Everton in the race for the fourth place. Arsene Wenger still has a long injury list to contain with ahead of this game, as he has done for the best part of the second half of the season. Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi remain their long-term injury concern, while Abou Diaby is yet to regain full fitness.
The Gunners missed out on both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs during their last match against West Ham United as Thomas Vermaelen played as the left back. Gibbs, who is suffering from an ankle injury, is still a week away from recovering, but Arsene Wenger has confirmed the availability of Nacho Monreal for this game. The good news for the Gunners is the possible return of Mesut Ozil into the squad, whose last appearance was the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich back in March. The German international will undergo a later fitness test ahead of this game to confirm his availability.
“I think Gibbs will be out for the weekend. But Monreal is possibly available and Ozil could be available to travel as well. I will see about that on Friday and Saturday.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Wenger was delighted at the prospect of welcoming back Ozil after missing him during a crucial part of the season and insisted that he will take a final decision on him tomorrow. The former Real Madrid star has returned to full training today.
“It’s good to have him back because we had so many offensive players out. He gives you always opportunities to score and I have to test him physically tomorrow and Saturday to see if he can travel.” – Wenger added.
Arsenal will also welcome back Mathieu Flamini after the Frenchman served his suspension.
“We have Flamini available as well because he was suspended.“ – He said in his pre-match press conference.
Wenger is expected to make two changes to the line-up that he fielded in the 3-1 win over West Ham United. Aaron Ramsey, who came on as a substitute in the second half to set-up Lukas Podolski’s second goal, is expected to replace Tomas Rosicky in attack. He is likely to start on the right with Cazorla starting in a more central role, but the duo are expected to exchange roles during the game.
The only other possible change in the return of Flamini to the pivot alongside Mikel Arteta with Kim Kallstrom dropping down to the bench. Wenger might also look to rest Arteta in this match and prefer to start Kallstrom with Flamini in the pivot.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Szczesny (GK); Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Flamini, Kallstrom; Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud