By Richard Clarke 

Andrey Arshavin is ‘desperate’ to be fit for the FA Cup Quarter-Final with Hull City at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

The Russian international suffered a nasty gash to his right foot during the first half of the game against Blackburn on Saturday. He had eight stitches at half time but went on to score a wonder goal with the same foot just past the hour.

The 27-year-old has been receiving treatment ever since and, according to Arsène Wenger, he is determined to make it. Elsewhere, Lukasz Fabianski comes in for Manuel Almunia. This was planned but the Spaniard is out for the game anyway because of an ankle injury and is doubtful for the weekend trip to Newcastle. Kieran Gibbs will replace Gael Clichy, who is rested. Eduardo (groin) is still out and Aaron Ramsey will not be involved.

“Arshavin had eight stitches in his foot but he is still in the squad,” Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Monday afternoon. “We will make a decision tomorrow.

“He is desperate to be involved. He just wants to play. He couldn’t practice today but we’ll assess him tomorrow morning.

“Almunia is out – he would not have played anyway but he is a doubt for Saturday.

“Also Kieran Gibbs will play tomorrow night, Clichy is completely rested. Aaron Ramsey is not in the squad too. At the moment he is growing in stature and a bit tired so we will rest him. Apart from that everybody is in.”

Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview on Tues morning. In it, Wenger talks about:

  • Going fourth in the Premier League
  • Arshavin’s early contribution to Arsenal
  • His domestic focus
  • Man United’s defeat to Liverpool
  • The ‘what ifs’ about Arsenal’s title bid
  • Hull’s win at Emirates earlier in the season
  • Their form since
  • The danger of looking past Hull
  • Winning a tangible trophy
  • The Big Four’s success in the FA Cup this season
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16 Mar 2009