No rest for the wicked…or out of form football teams.
Tomorrow evening Arsene Wenger will be prowling the touchline at the KC Stadium (7pm kick-off remember) as his side try and do what they couldn’t at the Emirates – beat Hull City.
The winners of the replay will face Watford at home on Sunday in the quarter-final. Speaking before the trip north, the boss gave an update on his team’s fitness following the gruelling 2-2 draw against Sp*rs.
“We lost Coquelin from his bad tackle [red card] on Saturday.
“Everybody else looks medically available. Overall, we should have the same squad that went to Tottenham. Iwobi will certainly be added to the squad.”
On Iwobi, the teenage Nigerian international who has featured in all Arsenal’s FA Cup games this season, the boss added: “He’s a creative player with a high level of work-rate and a good level of spirit.
“He’s a player who develops very well, he has a big passion for the game, can play on the flanks, can play in the middle.”
Despite the matches coming thick and fast, the boss made clear that he’ll continue to take the FA Cup seriously.
“I made ten changes in the first game [against Hull City]. We’ll play a team that has a good chance to qualify.
“David Ospina is an example of that. I have the same respect and the same idea that every player in my squad can play and win the game tomorrow.”
New quotes have dropped about the fitness of Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny.
“Petr’s scans were better than expected, but it will still be four weeks for him. So after the international break.
“Laurent will be short for Hull. he has a chance to be available for the weekend, but I think even for then he will be short.”