In the build up to the game against Hull City, we take a look back at previous meetings between the two teams, and also at some of the facts ahead of tomorrow’s clash. It is practically a must win game for the Gunners; after a slow start to the season, the loss against Chelsea was a hard blow for us.
Let’s start off with a strong statistic:
21: We are unbeaten at home in 21 league matches since losing 3-1 to Aston Villa on the opening day of last season.
13: Hull City are attempting to win successive Premier League games for the first time in 13 months. In fact, the Tigers just ended a five-match winless streak in the league with a victory over Crystal Palace before the international break. Despite all their threat going forward, Hull are quite leaky at the back, something players like Sanchez and Welbeck will be looking to exploit.
11: Arsenal’s 11-match unbeaten league run was ended by Chelsea in their last match, when they failed to register a shot on target for the first time in a Premier League fixture since September 2003, a long, long time ago. Anything will be better than the performance at Stamford Bridge, but the fans will settle for nothing other than a win.
10: Ten points from seven games represents Arsenal’s joint-second worst league start to a season under Arsene Wenger. The Gunners had seven points from seven games in 2011-12.
7: The Gunners have earned seven straight victories over Hull in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and conceding only five.
5: Arsenal have won five Premier League games in a row against Hull City since losing at home in their first ever top-flight meeting in September 2008, an encounter which ended 2-1 in favour of the Tigers.
4: Nikica Jelavic has scored four goals in seven games this season, already equalling his Premier League goal tally from 2013-14. The recently retired Croatian international appears to be in great form for his club. Another player who is finding the net on a regular basis is Mohamed Diame, who has scored three goals in four league games for Hull – as many as he netted in his last 25 games for West Ham.
3: Hull have become known for their attacking play. The Tigers are one of only three clubs to have scored in each of their Premier League fixtures this season, along with Chelsea and Everton.
We end with a sobering statistic:
1: The Gunners have now won just one of their last six league games (W1, D4, L1). However, Wenger’s side have not lost back to back Premier League matches since January 2013.
By all accounts we are overdue for a win. However, Hull City are no pushovers and they have proven that on numerous occasions so it could well be a tough game. Our injury problems make our situation even tougher, but hopefully at the final whistle tomorrow we will take home the three points.