Dec 4, 2 days ago

Arsenal Vs Hull City Match Preview: Time to Test the Tigers

Author: Adem Mustafa.

After a comfortable win against Cardiff City on the weekend Arsenal now move on to their next league fixture against Hull City. With just 4 points between Arsenal and second place Chelsea it is vital that The Gunners pick up all 3 points in this fixture.

“[Beating Liverpool] will have given Hull a confidence boost, so you can be certain that they’ll give everything they’ve got…”

If the Premier League has taught us anything over the years, it’s that victory is never guaranteed - and that every dog has its day. Hull City have won just 2 of their last 6 games, however their last victory came only last week against Liverpool. That win will definitely give them a confidence boost, so you can be certain that they will give everything they’ve got.

Unfortunately, Bacary Sagna has picked up a slight hamstring problem and will be unavailable for the game. Our right side of the defence will no doubt be our weakest link now as Jenkinson steps up to fill in the gap, but with that said, he should still be able to do his duty with a good defensive shift. We hope.

Theo Walcott is also very likely to start his first game since returning from injury, whilst Arsene Wenger has also hinted that Gibbs will be given a rest in favour of Monreal.

Arsene’s View

Whilst speaking about the upcoming fixture, Arsene Wenger mentioned that Hull have the resources to make life difficult for Arsenal on the day:

“They [Hull] have no fear. “They are very strong in the challenge and very dynamic going forward. They are very good in transition from defence to attack and on set-pieces they look strong as well.”

The Frenchman also expressed how impressed he was with Hull’s recent form and the need to not underestimate your opponents:

“We are lucky at the moment, we get good warnings. We had a good warning before we went to Cardiff and we have another good warning from Hull’s performance against Liverpool.”

Players to Watch

Mesut Ozil - Arsenal’s star man popped up with two superb assists, against Cardiff for Aaron Ramsey, and he will be looking to pick up where he left off against Hull’s relatively shaky defence.

Aaron Ramsey – After scoring a brace against his old team on the weekend and taking his total goals scored this season up to 8, Aaron and everyone around him will be hopeful that he will add some more to his tally on Wednesday and help bag us a win.

Theo Walcott – The Englishman is likely to start his first game since returning from injury, and will be looking to impress in front of the home crowd, especially with the huge increase in competition within midfield.

Jake Livermore – After a beautiful, albeit deflected goal against Liverpool, Livermore will no doubt have his sights set on scoring again tomorrow. Although I’m sure a certain Polish number 1 will have something to say about that.

Robbie Brady – With Sagna out injured it will be easier for Brady to make a few runs down the left-wing, and I’m sure that he will keep the entire defence busy during the 90 minutes.

What do you expect from Arsenal from their fixture against Hull? Let us know in the comment section below.


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