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Hull vs Arsenal: Team News, Injury Updates

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Wenger’s going back to his number one keeper; Theo in doubt

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Arsene Wenger gave an update on Arsenal team availability this morning and it appears the goalkeeper split is on. Despite a very solid performance by David Ospina in Paris, Wenger said he will return Petr Cech to the the starting position against Hull City tomorrow. The plan to “keep his backup happy” by giving Ospina Champions League game while leaning on Cech for the League is set. Whether that is a good choice, you can talk amongst yourselves.

However, the strikeforce may be low on options as both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will be a gameday decision, facing fitness tests ahead of the game. Walcott picked up a minor knee injury following Arsenal’s win against Southampton, causing him to miss the PSG tilt. Giroud is apparently carrying a bit of a knock after a minor walkout on Tuesday, that ended poorly. If neither are available, it could mean another go at centerforward for Alexis Sanchez or Lucas Perez, neither of whom have excelled at the position yet this season (relax, I know it’s early).

Aaron Ramsey is not fit, recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in August, but Gabriel Paulista has returned to training, although he won’t be selected being short of match fitness. Wenger hopes to have the centerback in the team for Tuesday’s League Cup game against Nottingham Forest.

Probable Squad: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Alexis, Ozil, Iwobi, Perez ; Bench - Ospina, Holding, Gibbs, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Giroud