Arsene Wenger was forced to name a makeshift defence for Arsenal’s visit of Hull, but there was a welcome return on the bench for Aaron Ramsey after the midfielder returned from a thigh injury.
Ramsey was injured in the 1-1 North London derby draw with Tottenham at the end of September, but his early return is a boost to a Gunners side that is missing a number of players. Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers are absent through injury and suspension respectively, so 19-year-old Hector Bellerin starts his second match at right-back with Nacho Monreal partnering Per Mertsesacker in the centre.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in for the injured Mesut Özil, who could miss as much as three months of action after suffering a knee injury in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out. Young defender Semi Ajayi is named on the bench and could be handed his debut, having previously been left among the substitutes for the League Cup defeat to Southampton.
Hull make just one change from the side that beat Crystal palace 2-0 a fortnight ago, with on-loan Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa coming in for Abel Hernandez, who drops to the bench.
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck
Subs: Martinez, Ajayi, Coquelin, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Campbell
Hull: Harper, Chester, Davies, Dawson, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Diame, Robertson, Ben Arfa, Jelavic.
Subs: Rosenior, Bruce, Brady, Jakupovic, Ramirez, Quinn, Hernandez.
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