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Preview: Arsenal's Elneny clashes with Hull City's Elmohamady in FA Cup

Mohamed Elneny has been guaranteed playing time against Hull City, while Ahmed Elmohamady has a strong chance to face his Egypt teammate

Omar Zaazou , Friday 19 Feb 2016
Mohamed Elneny (AP)
Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny (AP)

Egypt internationals Mohamed Elneny and Ahmed Elmohamady are set to lock horns in the FA Cup fifth round when Arsenal host Championship side Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.  

Having joined Arsenal in the winter break from Swiss side Basel, Egypt midfielder Elneny is poised for only his second start for his new club.

His sole appearance came in a 2-1 fourth round win over Burnley, where he played full 90 minutes to set up the Hull City meeting.

Despite putting in a fine performance in the FA Cup game, Elneny has yet to make his English Premier League debut, with Arsenal currently in third place - two points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.

But now the 23-year-old midfielder is set to take part in the forthcoming game against Hull after manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that he will play.

"Elneny is fit. He is one of the players who could get a run (out) there. He's adapting at the moment and I think he's there now," Wenger told the club website (

"We'll certainly see him against Hull. He has a chance to start."

Ahmed Elmohamady, on the other side, has been a key man for Hull City this season – helping them top the Championship league table two points clear of second-placed Middlesbrough.

The 28-year-old's regular role for Hull, however, has suddenly come to a halt in mid January, having been benched twice and restricted to cameo appearances in the last five games.

So far his contribution for Hull has been fine this season, having registered three goals and four assists for Steve Bruce's side.

Like Arsenal, who have Champions League commitment in mid-week against Barcelona, Hull City go into the game preoccupied by their push for English Premier League promotion.

As a result, Hull manager Bruce announced his intention to rest players for the FA Cup clash at Arsenal – without specifying who will sit out though.

"It's a ridiculous schedule so it's going to stretch us to the limit with the squad we've got. We've got big games coming up thick and fast," Bruce told reporters on Friday.

"The FA Cup is the FA Cup ... but our prime target has got to be on returning back to the Premier League."     

Bruce's intent to rotate his squad against Arsenal may well see Elmohamady regain his place down the right after losing it recently to Robert Snodgrass.

The meeting marks the third FA Cup fixture between Arsenal and Hull City in three consecutive years, which saw the Londoners record a 3-2 comeback win over their very opponents in an engrossing final in 2014. 

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