The FA Cup victory over Wigan was a welcome boost for all Gunners considering how our season has gone in the last few weeks. We are now in the final of the FA Cup, and now face a battle to secure top 4 with only few matches left.
The Wigan match did come with some casualties on the injury front with Ramsey, Podoski, and Chamberlain not too certain to start tonight’s match. However, Arsenal.com did report yesterday that Tomas Rosicky and Koscielny could be in the team to face West Ham tonight. However, that too is not a certainty as the boss said both players were going to have fitness tests yesterday to determine if they will have any roles to play in the team.
“Maybe Rosicky and Koscielny – we’ll have to test him definitely today. There are plenty of uncertainties so I have to make up my mind late on.” Wenger said.
Saturday’s match did take its toll on the players like I said earlier; and that is why we keep emphasising the need for a big squad. A situation where a player like Ramsey who was having his first start in 4 months had to play for almost 120 minutes is not ideal. As the boss revealed, most of the players were knackered after the match on Saturday.
“I cannot give you complete team news because many of them have to be checked today. We have plenty of uncertainties for muscular problems and fatigue,” the boss told Arsenal.com.
So I won’t be shocked to say the least if Kim Kallstrom is handed his first start for the club after joining us on loan during the January transfer window. Kallstrom has only made 2 appearances for the team so far; and those were from the bench.
While the boss may not be too certain on whom to call on in today’s match against West Ham, next Sunday’s match against Hull City paints a picture of hope. With Ozil spotted in picture training along with his teammates yesterday at Colney, Arsenal’s squad against Hull may have a major boost.