Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger provides good news on the injury front

Arsene Wenger

A number of Arsenal players are closing in on full fitness.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mohamed Elneny and Laurent Koscielny are fit to play while adding that Gabriel Paulista is now running again, the club’s official website report.

The Gunners prepare to take on Hull City in the FA Cup this weekend and are expected to make changes, largely due to a number of players picking up knocks of late.

That said, Elneny and Koscielny are likely to feature while Wenger also confirmed that Gabriel, suffering from a hamstring strain, is running again - though another week of recovery is required.

"Koscielny will be available. He has a test today but it will be positive," Wenger explained.

"Elneny is fit. He is one of the players who could get a run [out] there. We’ll certainly see him against Hull. He has a chance to start.

"Gabriel is running outside. He is out for Saturday. I believe one more week. He started running yesterday but one more week [is needed]."

Arsenal are looking to move one step closer to a potential third successive FA Cup triumph by beating Hull this weekend, though changes are expected ahead of a busy schedule.

Barcelona in the Champions League follow the clash with Steve Bruce’s Hull and a first Premier League success in 12 years should be the ultimate priority with the club very much in contention.

The likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are still long-term absentees for the Gunners. Yet, those three aside, Wenger now has an abundance of options at his disposal for the run-in.

David Ospina, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to feature against The Tigers.

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