Confirmed: Arsenal academy graduate set to start Hull clash
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alex Iwobi is in contention to start Arsenal’s FA Cup clash at Hull on Tuesday.
Wenger admitted he will rejig his team as he prepares for a series of key fixtures before the international break, with Premier League matches against West Brom and Everton either side of the Champions League showdown at Barcelona next week.
Academy graduate Iwobi, 19, played the full 90 minutes of the fifth-round clash against Hull last month and is in line to start the replay in Humberside in what would be his fourth consecutive start in this season’s competition.
Speaking at his media briefing on Monday morning, Wenger said: ““What I see in [Iwobi] is a creative player who has a high work-rate and a good team spirit,” he said. “I think he’s a player who develops very well because he has a big passion for the game and he can score goals as well. He can play on the flanks, he can play through the middle, he’s a very interesting player.”
In other Arsenal team news, Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out of the Hall clash after failing to recover from a calf injury, and Wenger admits he will ring the changes as he makes full use of his whole squad during a gruelling period.
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“I have to rotate a little bit and keep the right balance in the team,” the manager said. “I will have to but I’m not so much concerned about replacing one player with another one.
“We will play a team that has a good chance of qualifying, no matter who plays. David Ospina was an example of that on Saturday. I have the same respect for everyone and the same idea that all the players I have in my squad can play and win the game.”