After a dreadful week, Arsenal look to get back on track while hosting Hull City on Saturday. With our title hopes all but over, there is still plenty to play for while the clubs in the top six are all scraping for Champions League places.
Arsenal boasts a record of 7-1-1 against Hull City during the Premier League era. Usually, a match against Hull would be seen as a perfect opportunity to bounce back and gain our confidence. Although, under new management Hull are in solid form and have taken four points out of a possible nine. While, that does not sound overly impressive, their opponents have been: Chelsea, Man United, and Liverpool. Marco Silva has revitalized Hull and have them playing their best football since the start of the season.
Wenger is wary of the threat that Hull produces, saying “We have to prepare well to face a Hull team with more confidence than when we played them.” Arsenal.com
Last time Arsenal faced Hull City Jake Livermore was sent off in the first half and Arsenal cruised to a 4-1 victory. Alexis Sanchez scored a brace, Theo Walcott netting, and Granit Xhaka introducing himself to the Premier League with a thunderous strike. It should be a drastically different game with Hull now flying high and the Gunners struggling for form.
There has been many rumors swirling around Arsenal’s suggested line-up for this upcoming game. The major news coming out over the last couple of days is that reports suggest Petr Cech will be dropped in favour of David Ospina. Wenger could see this as an opportunity to rest Cech and get Ospina a run-in before our critical clash with Bayern Munich mid-week. Although, fiercely loyal to his veteran players, I only believe that when Wenger makes this switch.
The other conversation is for Hector Bellerin to be recalled after his battle with concussion-like symptoms. He has passed fit and will be available for selection. I would prefer to see Gabriel at right back and Hector rested for the Champions League.
The midfield should remain the same but I would like to see a change in the attacking spots. Lucas Perez has warranted a run-in with the first team. He adds a link-up quality to our play and would prefer to see him over Theo Walcott. While, Sanchez retains his role as our striker and hopefully will bounce back to top form after a disappointing two weeks.
Arsenal Predicted XI: Ospina, Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Perez, Ozil, Iowbi, Sanchez
Arsenal come out of the game 2-0 winners but it will be far from easy. We will have to battle to achieve this result. Nothing but an Arsenal victory will do.
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