Arsene Wenger admits he faces a selection headache ahead of Arsenal’s final six games of the season now that he has strong competition for places throughout the squad.
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The Gunners had struggled with injuries in key areas of the team at the start of the season, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny all suffering major injuries at one point in the campaign and it had a negative impact on the side’s performances which cost them a genuine tilt at the Premier League title.
Those players have now returned to full fitness since the turn of the year and the results have improved, leaving Wenger with an almost fully fit squad to choose from for Monday’s clash at Hull City and he admits it is tough to pick a starting XI at the moment:
“The players are always ready when they come back from injury but it takes much longer than they think to get sharp again.” he told the club’s official website.
“In the Premier League it is a fraction of a second that makes you efficient or not.”
The absence of key players has given a chance in the first-team to some the fringe players in the squad and the Frenchman has been impressed with how they have responded to the task:
“Competition for places is much more difficult. David Ospina, Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin have all come in, and it is very hard to pick the team at the moment as they are all top quality.” he added.