By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Laurent Koscielny has passed a fitness test ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Hull on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners’ first choice centre-back will be available for the fifth-round tie at Emirates Stadium.
Koscielny suffered a dead leg in the opening period of Arsenal’s dramatic 2-1 Premier League win over Leicester last Sunday and was withdrawn at half-time.
But the France international has recovered and is in contention to play at the weekend.
“Koscielny is doing well,” Wenger told the Arsenal website on Thursday. “He has had a test this morning and he looks positive.”
Wenger could decide to rest Koscielny against Hull and keep him fresh for the landmark matches next week against Barcelona and Manchester United.
Arsenal host the all-conquering Spanish giants on Tuesday before travelling to Old Trafford to face United five days later.
In other Arsenal team news, Wenger confirmed that, as revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday night, Gabriel is out of the Hull match after returning to Brazil for treatment on a hamstring injury. “He is out for Saturday,” the manager said.