Arsenal can hope for major triple injury boost in time for FA Cup final

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Three Arsenal first team stars are likely to return ahead of their FA Cup final against Wigan.

Arsenal may have scraped past Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, but there is reason to hope of a more comfortable game in the final.

They face Premier League side Hull City, and can be confident of seeing three key stars returning ahead of the fixture.

They are Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, and Jack Wilshere, all who are scheduled for returns this month.

Here's a look at the status of all three, and why fans should be confident of them making the final at Wembley on May 17.

Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny sustained a calf injury during the 6-0 hammering at Chelsea on March 22. He is yet to return to training, but there is a chance he could return against West Ham according to Arsene Wenger, who said last week: "I think the earliest to come back for Koscielny could be Tuesday."

Mesut Ozil

Arsenal have been careful not to rush Mesut Ozil back from the hamstring injury sustained against Bayern Munich in early March, yet he is thought not to be far from a return, and could play against cup final opponents Hull City next weekend. Wenger stated last week: "Ozil could be back next Saturday."

Jack Wilshere

Wilshere is further behind his teammates, suffering a fractured foot in England's friendly with Denmark on March 6. Arsene Wenger did however indicate that the midfielder is ready to step up his recovery, commenting last week: "It's all going well but he has not started to run. I think that's planned for next week. At the moment all is going well." A provisional return date of April 28, at home to Newcastle, is reported to be the target.


Having all three back in contention will be a major boost for Arsenal in their bid for silverware. The partnership Mertesacker and Koscielny have eclipses the impact Thomas Vermaelen has on the side, while Ozil showed just how devastating he can be in the quarter-final win over Everton.

In a tight game where a single moment can make a difference, having their £42 million record signing available will lift the spirits of everybody around the club, along with talisman Jack Wilshere, who will be desperate to show Roy Hodgson why he should start for England at the World Cup.

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