Arsene Wenger confirms €23m midfielder will join club in the summer

Arsenal, who sit in fourth place after back-to-back league defeats by Chelsea and Watford face third from bottom Hull City at on Saturday. Some encouraging recent performances against Manchester United in particular, were shown to be no fluke with an outstanding 2-0 success at home to Liverpool last weekend.

The Hull City side have been impressive of late as they have shocked team with their superb tactical configuration and team dynamics in their gameplay much to the credit of their new Portuguese boss Marco Silva. "They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position".

Merson's claims mean that the likes of Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny would not make Tottenham's side, in his opinion.

However, in the end, thanks to a couple of Alexis Sanchez goals, via the help of a hand and a penalty, Arsenal managed to stop their losing streak at two and pick up a much-needed three points.

Speculation persists over the future of the 67-year-old, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Arsenal fans always complain refereeing decisions never go their way, but they have been lucky many times this season.

And he came up with a couple big saves to keep Arsenal in the match against a resilient Hull side.

In Coquelin's defence, though, he has at least made 34 successful tackles in the league, the joint second highest of any Arsenal player behind only Granit Xhaka (38).

Wenger has seen his midfield concerns eased by Mohamed Elneny's timely return from the African Nations Cup but Aaron Ramsey (calf) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) remain sidelined and Granit Xhaka is banned.

Ryan Mason remains out with a skull fracture after his horrific clash with Gary Cahill, while Markus Henriksen (shoulder), Will Keane (ACL) and Moses Odubajo (patella) are all still sidelined leaving Silva with a bit of a crisis.

  • Julie Sanders