Arsenal Match Preview, Team News and Injury Update Ahead Of Hull City Clash

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Arsene Wenger’s main injury concern ahead of the trip to Hull City surrounds Theo Walcott (knee), who didn’t travel for the Gunners 1-1 draw in Paris on Tuesday night.

He has a chance of a return but, should he be ruled out, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may start on the right-wing, with Alexis Sanchez perhaps playing on the left flank, allowing either Lucas Perez or Olivier Giroud to lead the line.

The Frenchman will need to be assessed, however, after he sustained a toe injury in Paris in midweek.

Alex Iwobi returned from injury to play 90 minutes in the Champions League tie, so he may be less likely to start again just four days later. Mesut Ozil should remain in the number ten berth in the 4-2-3-1 formation.

Granit Xhaka has surprisingly only been named among the substitutes for Arsenal’s last two matches, but he may partner Santi Cazorla in the double-pivot, although Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are also both viable starters. Aaron Ramsey misses out once again.

Wenger is likely to name an unchanged back four of Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, although Rob Holding and Kieran Gibbs offer alternatives should the Arsenal manager look to rotate.

Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson remain sidelined but Gabriel is back in training, although the weekend is likely to come too soon for him. Wenger has confirmed that Petr Cech will be recalled in goal.

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