Hull City (3-4-1-2): Harper, Bruce, Davies, Chester, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Rosenior, Meyler, Jelavic, Long
Hull City are looking to secure a win and avoid any late season slip ups as they hope to move up above West Ham United into 12th place. However, the last four games for Steve Bruce’s side haven’t been too good for them as they collected only six points from a possible 18. With a FA Cup final place secured after a victory at the weekend, their match against Arsenal is considered to be a preview for the cup final. The Hull City manager will use a very similar line up to the one fielded against Sheffield United with only a few minor changes. A three man defense means Ahmed Elmohamady and Liam Rosenior will play the wing back roles as Alex Bruce will replace Maynor Figueroa in central defense. In midfield, Bruce should keep the services of his usual players with the two other changes coming from the top of the formation. Both Yannick Sagbo, George Boyd who played at the weekend will be taken off and replaced by usual front pair Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. Some injury concerns come in the form of Alan McGregor, Paul McShane, and Robbie Brady as they will surely sit out of this encounter.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
Arsenal recently retained their fourth place spot with Everton’s recent loss therefore they will surely be heading to Hull City with victory in mind. A win for Arsene Wenger’s side will eventually move them a stop closer playing in the Champions League next season. However, with Everton following close behind, any slip up can prove to be fatal for their hopes of maintaining their spot. Wenger’s side has been in quite a shaky form in recent weeks picking up a mere eight points from a possible 18. The Gunners only played recently in midweek with a 3-1 win over West Ham United, but the manager isn’t looking to rest his players as only one possible change could be made. Kim Kallstrom who started in midweek could be replaced by Aaron Ramsey who played only 19 minutes against West Ham, but managed to grab an assist in the process. Not many more changes can be made by Arsenal with a rather long injury list present. Kieran Gibbs, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, and Theo Walcott are all injured and should possibly play no part in the upcoming match.
Come Gunners we Could win against hull city Ozil flamini Back@Arsenal
— Mohamed yusuf (@Mohamed_987456) April 17, 2014
InOtherNews. If Arsenal should defeat Hull City I will stop using my “Reverend” title.
— Revd. Terfa Adenusi (@icon_adenusi) April 17, 2014
@arsenal i think arsene wenger should use the same squad he used againt westham to play hull city
— gentleiyke (@gentleiyke33) April 17, 2014
In the 2008-2009 season, Hull City got the better of Arsenal with a 2-1 victory over the host. The highlight goal came from a superb 25 yard shot from then Hull left back Geovanni which flew past Manuel Almunia. With a lot at stake for The Gunners, expect attacking football as we consider this a preview to the FA Cup finals.
The return of Aaron Ramsey to the starting line up could possibly be the much needed boost Arsenal need as the Welsh footballer has already impressed during the first half of the campaign before suffering an injury. Playing only 19 minutes in his last match, he even managed to get himself an assist to help secure a victory for his team. Tallying a total of eight goals and six assist in the first half of the season alone shows that he does have quality to cause all sorts of problems from the midfield.
Hull City vs. Arsenal: An Alternative Preview
Hull City have lost nine of their last 10 games against Arsenal in all competitions (W1).
Nicklas Bendtner has scored in three of his four Barclays Premier League appearances against Hull City.
Arsenal have conceded 15 goals in their last five Premier League away games.
The Gunners have scored a total of one goal in their last four Premier League away games.
All of Hull’s league goals since February have come between the 30th and 50th minutes.
The Tigers have conceded only five first half goals in their last 13 Premier League outings.
All but one of Tom Huddlestone’s 11 Premier League goals (eight for Tottenham, three for Hull) have come from outside the box (nine from open play, one direct free-kick).
All 22 Premier League appearances Alex Bruce has made (16 for Hull this season, six for Birmingham in 2005-06) have come in teams where his father is the manager.
Arsenal’s Premier League win percentage with Mesut Ozil in the team (59%) is virtually the same as when he has been absent (58%) this season.
Oliver Giroud’s goal against West Ham in midweek was his 25th in the Premier League. Only seven of them have come away from home.