Arsenal have been hit by the news that first-team duo Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not be fit for the F.A Cup final this weekend.
The Daily Star claims that both men are doubts for the all-important Hull City clash at Wembley on Saturday and will have late fitness tests before the game to determine whether or not they’ll make the cut. Club captain Vermaelen is said to still be struggling having been forced to sit out of the last game of the season against Norwich with stitches in his knee, whereas his team-mate has been out since last month with a groin complaint.
The developments could serve to give Arsene Wenger a selection headache that he really doesn’t need, ahead of what is being billed as one of the most crucial games of his career. The Gunners are now almost nine years without a major trophy, and the long-serving Frenchman will have a series of big decisions to make concerning his starting line-up.
In particular there remains a question over who will be starting between the sticks as both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski are in contention, whilst the likes of Aaron Ramsey Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs all returned from injury in their last fixture, and so will be vying to reclaim their starting spots.