Arsenal have no latest setbacks ahead of the FA Cup fifth round at Hull City after coming from the dramatic north London draw with Tottenham without suffering any damage to the squad.
The Gunners have played the last 35 minutes of 2-2 thrilling draw against Spurs with 10 men after the dismissal of Coquelin, who will now miss the FA Cup encounter through suspension, but rest of the squad are not suffering from any after-affects which is a plus point for the North Londoners.
As it is, Netbet now backs the reigning champions Arsenal for the FA Cup title at odds of 4/9. Manchester United are second favourites with odds of 6/3, while Chelsea are now considered as outsiders.
Meaning, Arsene Wenger’s side will be without seven first-team players for the trip to the Hull City, six through injury. Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky and Wilshere are already out of the action while Cech and Koscielny will remain sidelined with calf injuries.
“We lose Coquelin of course from his bad tackle on Saturday and everyone else looks medically available,” Wenger told reporters. “I have to see how everyone has recovered today but overall I think we should have the same squad that went to Tottenham plus Iwobi certain will be added to the squad.”
The Frenchman is hopeful to win this game and would not be looking for a draw for the club’s possible chance of silverware this season.
“We will play a team with the most chance to qualify and no matter who plays,” He said on his selection policy for the tie on Tuesday [8 March]. “David Ospina is an example of that. I have the same respect and idea that every player in my squad can play and win the game tomorrow.
“I believe the championship is far from being over. I just remind you we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them so people have to look at the other teams; not so much us on that front. We will not give up in the championship, we will fight until the end.”
Meanwhile the Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi could be drafted into the squad to continue his run of form this season, having appeared in the previous two rounds of FA Cup against Sunderland and Burnley as well as the goalless draw against The Tigers during last month.