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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested Danny Welbeck may start the club's FA Cup fifth round tie against Hull City at the Emirates on Saturday (20 February). The 25-year-old striker made a dramatic return from injury last week, scoring a last-minute goal to secure a much-needed win over title rivals Leicester City.
Wenger revealed he is considering handing Welbeck a first start since he returned from a long-term knee injury. "I haven't completely decided yet," he said during a pre-match press conference. "He might start," Wenger added.
Meanwhile, the Arsenal boss confirmed he will make changes to his side, with David Ospina and new signing Mohamed Elneny also in line to start the game. "Elneny has a good chance to play tomorrow. He is ready and is fighting for a regular place," he said.
Wenger also confirmed Laurent Koscielny is in contention to play against Hull, while fellow defender Gabriel is "one more week" away from a return to first-team action. He said, too, that long-term absentee Jack Wilshere will return to action in three or four weeks.
Despite this, Wenger insisted he will play a strong team against Hull – a side they have faced in the FA Cup in the previous two seasons. "We play them every year in the FA Cup!" the Arsenal boss said. "We know them well and they are in a strong position in the Championship. We will play a strong side. A normal side."