Arsenal latest: Szczesny 'would love to play' in cup final; Gibbs still injured

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Arsene Wenger faces a big decision on who should play in the FA Cup Final next month - with both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski wanting the job.

Fabianski has been the FA Cup starter this term - and saved two penalties in the semi-final against Wigan Athletic.

But regular starter Szczesny says he wants the job:

"Lukasz has been doing really well and he was the penalty shoot-out hero at Wembley. I was very happy for him. For us it is massive to get a trophy and I hope we can please everyone at the club. It is up to the manager. Lukasz has done really well and he deserves a lot of credit. I would love to play, obviously, but it is the manager's decision."

Changes to Arsenal’s fixture list have damaged their top-four pursuit according to Arsene Wenger.

He said of some of the changes, moved for TV coverage:

“We never got any help on that front. Never. There is no written rule. When you speak to the Premier League, it is not the Premier League. It is the television companies who help. It is not the Premier League. The television companies decide who plays when and some clubs have maybe better introductions with television companies.”

Wenger has also spoken of fitness issues ahead of the weekend fixture with Hull City - confirming that Mesut Ozil is back in action:

“I think Gibbs will be out for the weekend. But Monreal is possibly available and Ozil could be available to travel as well. I will see about that on Friday and Saturday. It's good to have him back because we had so many offensive players out. He gives you always opportunities to score and I have to test him physically tomorrow and Saturday to see if he can travel.”

Mikel Arteta has been speaking about his time at Arsenal - and admits he has not enjoyed it as much as he should have!

He claims that the pressure he has put on himself has prevented him:

“That I achieved what I wanted to achieve but with one particular regret — that I haven't enjoyed it as much as I should have done. And that"s because I always put too much pressure on myself, trying to improve things that are not going well, not just in my own game but other things around the players or the club.”

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