Arsenal are coming from a rejuvenated performance as a ten man Arsenal made a stunning comeback and got a fair share of points against Spurs at the White Hart lane. Arsenal will be looking to make up for their lackluster display in the first leg of this clash. They got a 0-0 scoreline at home. And this result angered many Gooners all over the world. Hull city are looking to cause a major upset by defeating the defending champions and enter the next rounds of the competition. They are coming from a defeat in the Championship league and have won just one of their last 4 matches in the league.
Goalkeeper: David Ospina
With Cech still expected to be out for a couple of weeks, it’ll be Ospina who will guard the goal. And with Wenger saying before the Spurs game that he has complete trust on the Colombian, one can only expect Ospina to put in a stellar performance and maybe give Cech a run for his place in the starting line-up when he is back.
Defenders: Nacho Monreal, Gabriel Paulista, Per Mertesacker and Hector Bellerin
Even though the defence let a couple of goal go past them, you don’t expect Wenger to bench the likes of Paulista, Mertesacker and Bellerin. They were all more than average and put in a good display despite what the score-line says, especially in the second half. Nacho Monreal is expected to be back from the Calf injury that kept him on the bench and should ideally start. With Koscielny still expected to be out for another week or so, Wenger wouldn’t be willing to rush the Frenchman to fitness and start this match and keep the same central defensive partnership as the last match.
Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Mohamed Elneny and Mathieu Flamini
Ramsey, Sanchez and Ozil were all good in the Spurs game. Both Ramsey and Alexis got a goal each. Even though Ozil was not at his best, he was quite good. All three of them will keep their place. Elneny should keep his place in central midfield. At a tender age of 23 he showed quite calm composure in the North London derby. He was not fazed by the Coquelin red card and had a decent match. You expect Wenger to always rectify mistakes. And with the Coquelin show in the last match, you expect the experienced Flamini to get a start in this one.
The other doubts fall on Campbell’s involvement. The Costa Rican was brilliant during Arenal’s home game against Swansea but was substituted when they were chasing the game and was not involved in the starting XI during the North London Derby. For reasons unknown, Wenger has been skeptical about Campbell and it will be interesting to see if he gets the nod on the right flank for this one.
Striker: Danny Welbeck
This one is a bit tricky. Welbeck maybe was Arsenal’s best player in the first half against Spurs. He was the reason the Ramsey goal happened and he was good in the second half as well. But he stepped down into a more midfield role towards the last fifteen minutes as Giroud came on and the Frenchman made an instant impact. It’s going to be interesting to see if Wenger opts to start Giroud and maybe put Welbeck in a right midfield role. If so he will change his formation and play with only one central midfielder. I would go ahead with the same formation as last match and start Welbeck as striker and bring Giroud on in the second half.