By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal suffered a huge triple injury blow on Tuesday night as their progress to the FA Cup quarter-final stage came at a cost.
Aaron Ramey, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel all sustained injuries during the Gunners’ 4-0 fifth-round win over Hull.
Mertesacker was substituted after 33 minutes with an eye injury and Gabriel and Ramsey were taken off in the second half with what appeared to be muscle injuries.
Key midfielder Ramsey, who had been rested ahead of a series of pivotal matches, had been the substitute for Gabriel and only lasted on the pitch for 16 minutes.
Arsenal’s win over Hull keeps alive their hopes of a third consecutive FA Cup triumph and means they will host Watford in the quarter-final on Sunday.
The early signs were that Mertesacker could be in contention to face Watford but Gabriel and Ramsey already look like they could be facing spells on the sidelines.
Arsene Wenger is already without Petr Cech for a month, while Laurent Koscielny has missed the last three matches with a calf injury and has been rated doubtful for the weekend by the manager.
In other Arsenal injury news, the club’s medical team have revealed that Jack Wilshere is close to regaining full fitness.