Danny Welbeck is closing on an Arsenal return after 10 months out with injury

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech are among the Arsenal stars given a breather as Arsene Wenger makes nine changes for Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Hull.

With pivotal fixtures against Barcelona and Manchester United next week, Wenger has named a much-changed team for the fifth-round match at Emirates Stadium.

Cech, Ozil and Ramsey are left out of the matchday squad, while Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drop down to the bench.

January signing Mohamed Elneny makes only his second start for the club, while Danny Welbeck, who marked his comeback with a dramatic winner last weekend in the 2-1 win over Leicester, starts his first Arsenal match in 10 months.

Coquelin, who started his first Premier League match in three months in the 2-1 in over Leicester last weekend, makes way for Mathieu Flamini.

Arsenal: Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Elneny; Campbell, Iwobi, Walcott; Welbeck.