Arsene Wenger feels he may have little choice but to keep a similar XI to face Hull City on Sunday in their first FA Cup challenge of the new season, with injuries decimating his squad.
After what has been a challenging festive period of football, the Frenchman would have hoped to be able to give some of his star men a well earned breather, however with injuries taking their toll and Olivier Giroud’s suspension the options are limited in what is a must win match at Emirates tomorrow.
Wenger says he will have to test the squad but is not expecting anyone new to come in.
Honestly I have to check who is available and who is not. The two keepers, Ospina and Martinez, will come in. After that, we will see. I cannot rotate too much either because we need stability. Who comes back? We have the 18 players [that played against Southampton] – nobody else will play.
At least we play at home after the Christmas period. That’s not bad, because you play on December 26, 28 and on New Year’s Day. At the moment, we have a decimated squad, so that means everybody will have to contribute very well and a lot. The fact that you play at home can be an advantage.
So far the injury situation looks like this:
Wilshere (ankle), Arteta (calf), Ramsey (hamstring), Flamini (groin – doubt), Ozil (knee – doubt), Welbeck (thigh – doubt), Giroud (suspended), Sanogo (hamstring – doubt)
There is some positive news however as according to various journalists, Wenger suggested Mesut Ozil could be in line to make a comeback against Hull tomorrow however that is yet to be confirmed.
More on that as it unfolds.
Predicted lineup to follow..