Arshavin NOT out of squad for Hull, Eduardo not back, Almunia injured
By Randy Osae
Andrey Arshavin is not completely ruled out of Tuesday’s FA Cup quarter-final at home to Hull City.
Earlier reports had condemned the Russian’s fitness to be a definite absentee tomorrow but despite suffering a wound on his right foot on Saturday, odds are he could have a chance to continue finding form.
He did need stitches to see out the rest of the match but Andrey Arshavin is adamant he can participate in tomorrow’s cup tie – his boss said so today.
Wenger also gave out a few formalities in his selections on Tuesday. Almunia will be rested of course but he sits out with an injury sustained from Diouf’s late tackle and is now a concern for Saturday’s visit to St. James Park.
Eduardo da Silva will have to wait some more for a recovery from his groin injury. The Croatian was expected to be available for tomorrow’s fixture but Wenger has clarified he is still in pain.
“Arshavin had eight stitches in his foot but he is still in the squad,” Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Monday afternoon. “We will make a decision tomorrow.
“He is desperate to be involved. He just wants to play. He couldn’t practice today but we’ll assess him tomorrow morning.
“Almunia is out – he would not have played anyway but he is a doubt for Saturday.
“Also Kieran Gibbs will play tomorrow night, Clichy is completely rested. Aaron Ramsey is not in the squad too. At the moment he is growing in stature and a bit tired so we will rest him. Apart from that everybody is in.”