After spending more than a month in Gabon on duty with the Egyptian national team at the Africa Cup of Nations, Mohamed Elneny is now back at Arsenal and expected to be included in the match-day squad for this weekend.
With Hector Bellerin also back in training, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla remain the only players who are currently out of action.
REASONS FOR SELECTION
Considering the fact that this is our final league game before March, there should not be an urgent need to rest or rotate certain players even though the Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich is only days away.
Many of the players who fluffed their lines at Stamford Bridge should be given another chance to put things right and that is why the likes of Petr Cech, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Kosicelny, Nacho Monreal and even Francis Coquelin have to start.
However, one man who needs to be given a break (even though he got one through his ‘illness’ at the start of January) is Mesut Ozil. The German is still a key player but this is an in-form Hull City side we are facing and if any lessons are learned from the Watford defeat at home, players with complacent attitudes cannot be called upon at this time of desperation.
Lucas Perez might not be 100% fit after returning from an injury which kept him out of last Saturday’s game while the same can be said of Elneny, who is still fresh from a long trip.