Hull City v Arsenal: Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey start for the Gunners in FA Cup final dress-rehearsal

The German playmaker returns for the first time since early March

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Mesut Ozil was today named in the starting line-up for Arsenal as they looked to boost their top-four hopes against upcoming FA Cup final opponents Hull at the KC Stadium.

The Germany playmaker was in action for the first time since the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on March 11 after passing a fitness test on his hamstring.

Nacho Monreal replaced Thomas Vermaelen, who had a hamstring problem, and Aaron Ramsey took Kim Kallstrom's place in midfield with Mathieu Flamini, available after suspension, on the bench.

Hull strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic were recalled having been cup-tied for the Wembley semi-final against Sheffield United. Yannick Sagbo and Maynor Figueroa made way, with Liam Rosenior switching to left-back.

Hull: Harper, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd, Jelavic, Long. Subs: Figueroa, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Jakupovic, Sagbo, Quinn.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)