Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Kieran Gibbs will miss Sunday’s trip to Hull City but that Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil could, depending on fitness tests to be conducted tomorrow, be available.
Ozil hasn’t featured for the Gunners since injuring his hamstring in the draw against Bayern Munich last month, while Monreal and Gibbs both picked up problems in Saturday’s Wembley win over Wigan. Thomas Vermaelen filled in (very well) at left-back in their absence on Tuesday evening and should be able to pick up the slack if the Spaniard doesn’t make it.
Mathieu Flamini is also back in contention for a starting berth after serving his two game ban and might replace Mikel Arteta who could probably do with a rest of a lot of minutes in the last couple of weeks.
After Everton’s defeat to Crystal Palace last night the Gunners have a real opportunity to tighten their grip on fourth place, especially with Roberto Martinez’s side facing Manchester United later on Sunday afternoon.
The game also represents a preview of the FA Cup final, although on this occasion Mrs Doubtfire will have cup-tied duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long to call upon for Hull.