Arsenal face a fifth round FA Cup replay against Hull City at the KC Stadium on Tuesday (8 March) and Arsene Wenger has admitted that he will make changes to the squad that played against Tottenham Hotspur just two days before. The Gunners are coming on the back of a hectic schedule and are playing their fourth game in 10 days and the manager is aware of fatigue setting among his players.
The French manager has already confirmed that Alex Iwobi will be drafted into the team. Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Mathieu Flamini could start as well after being named on the bench for the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. Wenger, however, has made it clear that he will select a strong enough squad to go out and continue their chase for a record equalling third consecutive FA Cup.
"I have to rotate a little bit and keep the right balance in the team. I will have to but I'm not so much concerned about replacing one player with another one," Wenger said, as quoted by Arsenal's official site.
"We will play a team that has a good chance of qualifying, no matter who plays. David Ospina was an example of that on Saturday. I have the same respect for everyone and the same idea that all the players I have in my squad can play and win the game."
The 66-year-old Arsenal boss also praised two sure starters at the KC Stadium, Iwobi and David Ospina, who will feature in goal in all competitions for at least the next four weeks owing to Petr Cech's calf injury. The Nigerian international has made 10 appearances in all competitions for the first-team this season but is yet to score a goal and he will be hoping to open his account sooner rather than later.
"What I see in [Iwobi] is a creative player who has a high work-rate and a good team spirit. I think he's a player who develops very well because he has a big passion for the game and he can score goals as well. He can play on the flanks, he can play through the middle, he's a very interesting player."
"I have told you many times that I rate Ospina as a world-class goalkeeper and I think he has been unfairly treated [since] I played him against Olympiacos. It was a time where his stats did not come out to the press and that's where I think he got unfair treatment. I never questioned his quality," the French coach added.