Wenger issues Welbeck, Wilshere, Koscielny updates

Matt Stead

Arsene Wenger has discussed the fitness levels of Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal face Hull in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, with the Gunners continuing their search for a third consecutive tournament win.

Wenger’s side have beaten Hull in each of the previous two FA Cups, overcoming them in the 2014 final, and winning in the third round last year.

Arsenal come into Saturday’s early kick-off in high spirits after beating Leicester in the last minute in the Premier League last Sunday.

Danny Welbeck scored the winner at the Emirates Stadium in his first game since April, with the England striker having been sidelined through injury for almost a year.

Asked whether he was considering starting Welbeck against Hull, Wenger replied: “I haven’t completely decided yet.

“I think he became a stronger man after what happened. He is back to his best,” Wenger added.

Wenger also confirmed that defender Koscielny should be available to face Hull, but Gabriel will probably miss “one more week”.

Despite reports over his future, David Ospina will start in goal, Wenger confirmed. Midfielder Jack Wilshere continues his constant cycle of being “another three to four weeks” away from a return.