Arsenal tackle Hull City in the FA Cup final showdown set to take place at The Wembley stadium on the 17th of May.
A win for the gunners in the all important game would see Arsene Wenger’s men lift up their first trophy in nearly a decade. Something which the fans have been clamouring for all along.
It now seem like the Gunners are in the best position to lift a silverware this season, after making it to the finals of the FA Cup, setting up a tie with fellow League side Hull City – a team which the gunners have won several times in the past. With the most recent meeting being a fortnight ago when the gunners thrashed the Tigers 3-0.
The gunners have been further handed a boost ahead of the clash as the Tigers’ centre-half was replaced just before half-time in their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday with a similar hamstring problem which ruled him out for an 11-week period between September and December.
Despite not wanting to rule Chester out of the Wembley showpiece on May 17, manager Steve Bruce admits the outlook is bleak for the Hull ace.
“The earliest reports on James look as if the hamstring that he’s come off with, he’s re-injured it. It looks bleak for the lad,” said Bruce.
“We can’t say until we scan him and know the extent but it doesn’t look very good for him.”
But Bruce revealed some better news from the Hull treatment room, with long-term absentees Allan McGregor and Paul McShane in with a shout of making the Wembley final.
“McGregor has got a hell of a chance the way he’s going at the moment,” added Bruce.
“McShane is coming along well too and we’ll see how they progress in the next couple of weeks.”
In my own opinion, two of Bruce’s men (McGregor & Mcshane) soon to back from injury wont pose any threat to the gunners as the manager is only trying to boost the confidence of his team. More-so the players have been out of action for a considerable period of time and will be lacking match fitness ahead of the final clash.
As for the Tigers defensive ace Chester, going by his records – his absence will see a Hull City side seriously lacking in experience at the back, and judging by the previously similar injury incurred by the player earlier this term, one can say that the defender would miss the rest of the season.
This would come as good news for the gunners, serving as an edge over the Tigers in the clash however this news should not make the gunners complacent as Bruce’s men, though without Chester; can still bring on their A-game regardless.