Arsene Wenger has cast doubt on the involvement of a host of first team players ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showdown with Wigan Athletic.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Tomas Rosicky are all nursing problems which could see them sit out the visit to Wembley (they face late tests) while Mathieu Flamini is suspended. In better news Aaron Ramsey has been declared fit enough to start.
The boss also confirmed that Lukasz Fabianski, who has kept goal throughout the FA Cup run, will start.
Casting his eye over players currently sidelined, Wenger confirmed that Laurent Koscielny could be involved against West Ham on Tuesday with Mesut Ozil aiming to be fit for Hull on the 19th April.
Asserting his determination to secure a first FA Cup final since 2005, the boss remarked of the tie against the reigning holders: “We want to win the semi-final and it’s important to focus on that. We respect Wigan highly.”