David Ospina set for second Arsenal start in FA Cup Third Round

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David Ospina is poised to make only his second appearance for Arsenal in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Hull City tomorrow (Sunday).

The Colombian international arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the summer, and was expected to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one shirt in north London.

Szczesny's No.1 status?

That has not been the case for the Gunners however, with the Pole keeping hold of his jersey in 2014. However, a dismal display in the 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day has once again called into question his position in the side.

Ospina's sole appearance for Arsenal to-date came in the League Cup third round clash against the Saints, and again it was defeat for Arsene Wenger's side, on that occasion losing 2-1 back in September.

The 26-year-old is poised for another chance against the Tigers though, with Wenger confirming that Szczesny will not take part in a repeat of the 2014 final that the Gunners won 3-2.

“The two keepers, Ospina and Martinez, will come in. After that, we will see. I cannot rotate too much either because we need stability," said Wenger.

"Who comes back? We have the 18 players [that played against Southampton] - nobody else will play."

Walcott return

Of the 16 outfield players in the squad at St Mary's, winger Theo Walcott offered one of the few positives for Arsenal as he continued his return from injury, playing 30 minutes in the second-half.

He could start for the Gunners, whilst Joel Campbell will also hope for an opportunity to show Wenger what he can do. Lukas Podolski flew to Italy yesterday (Friday) and is set to join Inter Milan on loan.

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