Arseene Wenger has been speaking to the media ahead of the FA Cup final against Aston Villa this weekend and revealed that Danny Welbeck will not be fit in time for the showpiece occasion.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 27, 2015
Welbeck hasn’t been involved in the squad since our goalless draw against Chelsea due a knee injury and despite it previously being dismissed a minor knock, the forward hasn’t recovered (via the Daily Mail).
With Welbeck ruled out, Wenger must now decide between Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud for the central striker role after the former’s explosive hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion.
The qualities both players offer are both effective and very different, and Wenger’s approach to the game will pay a major part in his thinking.
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Another decision for the boss is to decide who starts between the sticks with Wojciech Szczesny playing in every FA Cup fixture since the fourth round.
However, his disappointing showing against Reading almost cost us the game and Wenger may choose to go with the more reliable David Ospina.
According to James Olley from The Evening Standard, Wenger refused to confirm whether or not Szczesny would start the game.
Wenger refuses to confirm whether Szczesny will start in goal for the final. #afc
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 27, 2015
Should Wenger go with Ospina, then one has to wonder what the future holds for the Polish international given the lack of playing time he’s experienced since the turn of the year.
Wenger’s job isn’t to please certain individuals – he must do what’s right for the team. In that case, Ospina should get the nod.
Given that Lukasz Fabianski started last year’s final though, Wenger may stick with Szczesny.