Arsene Wenger reveals selection plans for Welbeck and Elneny before Hull clash
PUBLISHED: 09:53 19 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 19 February 2016
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering starting Danny Welbeck and Mohamed Elneny against Hull on Saturday.
The Gunners boss is expected to rest some of his big names for the FA Cup clash, with a Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up on Tuesday night.
Welbeck came off the bench to feature for Arsenal for the first time in nearly 10 months last weekend and the English striker scored the last-minute winner to beat Leicester 2-1.
It was a crucial goal for Arsenal’s title hopes and Wenger is thinking about rewarding Welbeck with a start against Hull.
“I might start him,” Wenger said. “I haven’t decided completely yet but it crosses my mind to start him tomorrow.
“It’s always a good observation of a person when he’s injured for a long time. You look at how he responds to that stress with the effort he puts in and how focused he can be every day.
“Danny had a few setbacks because let’s not forget he got injured in April but we prepared him for the FA Cup final. I think he has become a stronger man.
“I think he can get a lot better, he’s 25 years old and he has experience. He is back to his best physically so I believe the best is to come for him.”
Wenger could also hand a starting place to January signing Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptian midfielder moved to Arsenal from Basel in January but he has made just one appearance as he looks to adjust to the pace of the English game.
Wenger says Elneny is now ready to start and the 23-year-old could be thrown into the side against Hull.
“Elneny has a good chance to play tomorrow,” Wenger said. “He’s ready now, he has worked very hard and it’s a good test for me to see him.
“He’s fighting now for a regular place in the team like everyone else.”