Arsene Wenger says he’ll play a strong side against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round as he bids for a third consecutive success in the competition.
Revealing Laurent Koscielny will be available and that Gabriel could be back in a week, the boss gave his latest team news update.
“[I will play] a strong side. A normal side. Koscielny will be available. He has a test today but the test will be positive.
“Gabriel is still out. Honestly, I believe one more week [then he’ll be back]. He started running yesterday, so one more week.”
On Jack Wilshere, who has yet to play this season, the boss added, “I think three to four weeks for him.”
Having watched Danny Welbeck come off the bench on Sunday to score the winner, Wenger admitted he is tempted to start the England international for the first time this season.
“Yes, I might start him [Welbeck]. I haven’t decided yet. It crosses my mind to start him, yes.
There were also hints at other starters: “Petr Cech, it’s possible [he’ll be rested]. He won’t play tomorrow.”
“Elneny has a good chance to play tomorrow. He has worked hard. It’s a good test for me to see him. I think he’s fighting for a regular place in the team. He has a good place to play tomorrow.”