Wenger gives team selection update ahead of Hull clash: Koscielny out but Iwobi returns

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Arsenal and Hull City go head-to-head later this week.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the GunnersFA Cup fifth round replay against Hull City this week.

The two teams drew 0-0 in the first match at the Emirates Stadium so the Tigers will be quietly confident of causing an upset in their own backyard, especially as they are flying high in the second tier with promotion a distinct possibility.

However, Arsenal will be smarting from recent disappointments both in Europe and in the Premier League and they will want to ultimately claim yet another FA Cup triumph.

With Francis Coquelin sent off against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday the Frenchman is unavailable for this match, and Wenger explained that aside from the defensive midfielder Arsenal would have near enough the same squad as at the weekend, with one notable addition.

“…Alex Iwobi will certainly be added to the squad,” Wenger said, before explaining how much longer Arsenal will be without Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny.

“Petr’s scans were better than expected,” he told arsenal.com. “But it will still be four weeks for him; so after the international break.

“Laurent will be short for Hull. He has a chance to be available for the weekend, but I think even for then he will be short.”

After the replay with Hull, Arsenal welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates knowing they cannot afford to drop more points as they bid to overtake Tottenham and leaders Leicester City in the race for the title.

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