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.
It is not like Arsene Wenger to give much away, whether it is about his Arsenal transfer plans (assuming he actually has any of course) or whether it is about which Arsenal players are going to start any particular match. I do not blame the boss either, because you never know when a tactical or personnel surprise switch is going to unsettle the opposing team.
It is not only that the FA cup is beginning to look like the most likely chance of a trophy for Arsenal this season, according to Arsene Wenger the oldest cup competition in football should always be treated with utmost respect. So ahead of our 5th round replay away to Steve Bruce’s Hull City side this evening, the boss has dropped a big hint that he will be playing as strong an Arsenal team as injury and fitness problems allow.
I think it is important for Arsenal to play as strong a team as possible in Hull on Tuesday night because a good win is just what we need to carry on from the battling draw at White Hart Lane yesterday. And we could really do without extra time and penalties with an already congested fixture schedule so if possible we want to get the job done in 90 minutes.
Arsene Wenger mentioned the lack of fluency in English of the Arsenal and Brazil international defender Gabriel again this week, reported by the Evening Standard, after the centre back was widely lambasted in the football press for his part in the two goals of the young Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.
Arsene Wenger gave a positive and encouraging update on the injury situation at Arsenal yesterday, reported by Arsenal.com, and as well as the very good news on the fitness of our centre backs Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel after both picked up knocks last week, the manage spoke about his only signing of the January transfer window Mohamed Elneny.