Friday, 11 April 2014

Arsenal could be without 11 players for FA Cup semi final

Arsene Wenger has revealed he could be without 11 players for tomorrow's FA Cup semi final against Wigan.

Three players: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin), Tomas Rosicky (thigh) and Kieran Gibbs (ankle) are rated at 50:50 for the match. They all face fitness test this morning to discover whether they will be available for the Wembley show piece.

Defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) is not expected back until Tuesday, with record signing Mesut Ozil (hamstring) expected to be available for the trip to Hull a week Saturday.

Jack Wilshere (foot) is hoping to start running next week but there is no time scale as to when he might be available for selection.

Abou Diaby (knee) is expected to return to full training soon and Wenger hopes will be available for selection before the end of the season.

Nicklas Bendtner (hamstring)  is also out. As is Mathieu Flamini who sits out the Wembley match through suspension.

Theo Walcott is out for the remainder of the season  with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.

While there is also doubts about the fitness of Serge Gnabry, who missed last weekend's game with Everton.

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