All the latest news and gossip from Arsenal FC ahead of the game with Hull City at The Emirates this evening.
Arsenal take on Hull City this evening, as the busy festive schedule finally gets under way - and they face a team in fine spirits after defeating Liverpool at the weekend.
Arsene Wenger therefore knows that the team he faces this evening have ‘no fear’ against the big boys of the Premier League:
“No fear. They are very strong in the challenge (tackles). They are very dynamic going forward. They are very good in the transition from defence to attack. On set pieces, they look strong as well."
“I believe we will lose Sagna who has a slight hamstring problem and he should be out for tomorrow's game. Carl Jenkinson is likely to come back.”
Otherwise there is no new injury worries for Wenger to concern himself with. in good news however, Lukas Podolski has returned to training - but tonight's fixture will come too soon for a return to action. Arsenal can be buoyed by the fact Hull’s central defensive rock Curtis Davies is out suspended.
There is however plenty of rumours suggesting that Arsene Wenger could rest players for the fixture - with a big week of football ahead of them. Goal.com understands that Wenger could implement some rotation tonight - with Mesut Ozil, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere expected to drop to the bench.
They would be replaced by Tomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini respectively. After tonight's fixture Arsenal face Everton and Napoli within the next seven days - so the decision could be a wise one from Wenger.
Wenger has also refused to rule Manchester United out of the title race. this season. Despite being nine points ahead of David Moyes’ men he believes his old foe will still be in the reckoning at the end of the season:
“The bookies have an opinion that you can understand because they just look at the table. I wouldn't rule some other teams out like Manchester United. It's a bit early to make any prediction on the championship.”
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