Written by Ashley Handelaar (@handelaar101)
League leaders Arsenal will host Hull at the Emirates Stadium in a match where the visitors will be pushing for another win after beating Liverpool last weekend.
Arsenal have been by far the standout team of the league so far but have a host of top teams breathing down their necks. Hull’s biggest issue at the moment would appear to be the club’s name, whether it’s the Hull Tigers or Hull City or the Hull City Tigers. Fans have been angered by the club owner Assem Alam’s decision so much that it would appear to have taken attention away from the team’s on pitch performances. That said, their 3-1 demolition of Liverpool is at least something for the fans to savour.
Hull would have been among many people’s favourites to go down along with the other newly promoted clubs, but currently find themselves in tenth, a place they would be more than happy to occupy come May. Their man to watch in my opinion will be Robbie Brady. He is the club’s top goal scorer in the league and a creative force in the midfield, to which he can play anywhere across the line. Most good things through Hull’s play tends to go through him, and with former Spurs man Tom Huddlestone in the centre also, they’ll both be keen to get one over on Arsenal.
Arsenal’s key man in none other than Aaron Ramsey. Anybody who follows the Premier League will find it hard to have not heard about his good form this season. He scored a brace against his former club Cardiff City at the weekend in his last game and helped Arsenal win in the Welsh capital, something Manchester United and Manchester City couldn’t do. He is playing with incredible confidence at the moment, and everything he touches seems to turn to gold.
Hull don’t have the best record against Arsenal. They will be hoping Steve Bruce’s side have more about them than Phil Brown’s side who took them to the Emirates on their last meeting in this fixture. The result was 3-0 to the Gunners that day. A repeat of that result would be ideal for Gunners fans. Hull fans are well aware that getting anything from Arsenal at the moment will be a challenge, but that Liverpool win will surely make them believe that anything could be possible.
Arsenal have won eight of the last nine matches against the Tigers in all competitions (W8 D0 L1).
Hull City have won just one of their last 30 Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D7 L22).
Hull City were the first away team to concede the opening goal but come back to win a Barclays Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium (2-1 in Sept 2008).
Nicklas Bendtner has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Hull City.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium (W11 D3 L1).
The Gunners have scored five headed goals from just seven headers on target in the Premier League this season.
Mesut Özil has provided the most assists in the Premier League this season (6).
Arsenal have conceded just 15 goals in their last 23 Premier League games, only one team has scored more than one in a match against them in that run (Aston Villa in August – 1-3).
The Gunners have kept five clean sheets in their last six games in all competitions, conceding just one goal in the other match (0-1 at Man Utd).
Wojciech Szczesny has the best saves to shots ratio (81%) in the Premier League this season (min 16 shots on target faced).