If the Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere had not played 90 minutes for the under 21s on Monday, scoring a great goal which was not enough to help the young Gunners get the win they needed to win automatic promotion to the top division, I reckon that he would be in line for a first start of the season for the senior side on Thursday night.
Arsene Wenger would have had to hand in his Arsenal team selection before he knew how West Ham would line up today, but even though the big centre forward has not started a Premier League game for about three months, I could have told Wenger that Andy Carroll would start against us today.
It may just be that the Arsenal injury list and the form of some of the Gunners who are fit have all but given Arsene Wenger no choice in his team selection recently. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens if and when Aaron Ramsey is fit again, which could be as soon as the trip to West Ham on Saturday.
If Arsenal are to finish the season strongly and keep the pressure on Leicester and Tottenham while keeping the teams below us at bay and ensuring a place in the Champions League next season, we will need the creative and attacking players in the side to keep up the sort of performances that have seen Arsenal score six goals in the last two Premier League games.
Of course the best thing for Arsenal and our lingering Premier League title challenge would be for the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez to shrug off the injury that he seems to have picked up in the win over Watford yesterday. With Arsenal facing a difficult away game at West Ham next weekend it would be a major blow if we had to play it without the star striker.
The question of who should start alongside Francis Coquelin in the Arsenal central midfield when our Premier League campaign kicks off again with the visit of Watford on Saturday will be a very easy one to answer if the rumours about Aaron Ramsey having suffered a setback to his return from injury are correct.
Can Arsenal take one more step towards that 130 year old record of three FA cup wins in a row? And can we continue the turnaround in form began at White Hart Lane a week ago and backed up brilliantly in Hull on Tuesday? It will not be easy as Watford are pretty much injury free and Flores has named his strongest possible team.
Arsene Wenger has often used the domestic cup competitions to give some up and coming young players their first taste of Arsenal first team action, but the Frenchman has generally done this in the early rounds so an FA cup quarter final against a Premier League team like Watford would not normally see a young Gunner make their debut.