OPINION By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger is likely to ring the changes for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Hull on Saturday.
With pivotal fixtures against Barcelona and Manchester United next week, Wenger will consider the fifth-round match at Emirates Stadium the least significant of the Gunners’ three upcoming fixtures.
Star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could be rested, as well as Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny, as Wenger saves his big guns for the landmark matches at Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford.
January signing Mohamed Elneny is in contention for only his second start for the club as he is gradually acclimatised to the English game.
Coquelin, who started his first Premier League match in three months in the 2-1 in over Leicester last weekend, could make way for Mathieu Flamini.
In the attacking midfield positions, Wenger will consider handing starts to Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Danny Welbeck could be named in the starting X1 for the first time in nearly a year.
Arsenal (possible): Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Chambers, Monreal; Flamini, Elneny; Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott; Welbeck.