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The Gunners are too good for The Tigers

Last updated: February 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWLD
Away form: WLWWW
Last meeting: 3-1
Competition: The FA Cup

Arsenal are to host Hull City in the 5th round of The FA Cup. The Gunners had no problems against Burnley in the previous round, beating The Clarets 2-1 at The Emirates Stadium. In addition, Arsenal are in very good form. They beat Leicester City last weekend with the same score, turning things around after being 0-1 down at half time. Danny Welbeck scored his first goal of the season in the 5th minute of added time.

The only chance for the visiting team is that Arsene Wenger could decide to save the powers of his key players for Arsenal’s game against Barcelona in The Champions League. Furthermore, Hull City are in good shape. The Tigers managed to eliminate Brighton & Hove Albion and Bury from The FA Cup. Hull City are lying top of The Championship; they are the favourites for promotion to The Premier League.

Hull City simply struggle when playing against Arsenal. The Tigers have won only 1 of 11 games against The Gunners. Their only victory was in 2008 when they beat Arsenal 2-1 at The Emirates Stadium. The Gunners won 9 of these matches.


Team News

Only Rosicky and Cazorla are unavailable for The Gunners. The Czech midfielder still hasn’t retired from football, his injury is very serious.

Abel Hernandez of Hull City has scored 9 goals in the Tigers last 10 Championship matches. The Uruguayan has found the net 16 times in 25 games.

Danny Welbeck made a dream return for Arsenal, scoring the winning goal against Leicester. The forward is expected to start for The Gunners.

Arsene Wenger could change his starting eleven a lot, because The Gunners will have to play against Barcelona 3 days later.


Expected line-ups:

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Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Ospina, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, El Nenny, Ozil, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Welbeck.
Subs Cech, Giroud, Flamini, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Walcott, Sanchez.
Injured: Cazorla, Rosicky.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Hull City (4-5-1): McGregor, Dawson, Davies, Odubajo, Robertson, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Livermore, Clucas, Diame, Hernandez.
Subs Akpom, El Mohamady, Meyler, Maguire, Jakupovic, Hayden, Diomande.
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

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Arsenal this season Hull City this season
Arsene Wenger Head coach Steve Bruce
The Premier League Division The Championship
3 League Position 1
2-1 vs. Burnley (home) 4th round result 3-1 vs. Bury (away)
Winners (12) Biggest success in The FA Cup Runners-up (1)
Winners Last campaign in The FA Cup 3rd round
Campbell, Giroud, Ramsey, Sanchez, Chambers (1) Top scorers in The FA Cup Akpom (3)
Bellerin (2) Assist leader in The FA Cup Meyler (1)
  • Hull City are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 FA Cup matches. The Tigers lost the final in 2014 against Arsenal. Then, they were eliminated by the same opponent in the next campaign.
  • There has been the option ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in Arsenal’s last 3 FA Cup games. The Gunners scored at least 2 goals in these matches.
  • Arsene Wenger’s players have won 9 of 11 games against Hull City. The Gunners are on a run of 2 consecutive wins against The Tigers.
  • Arsenal have won 7 of their last 8 FA Cup matches. The Gunners won the tournament twice in a row; they are undefeated in 14 consecutive cup games.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
04/05/15 The Premier League Hull 1-3 Arsenal A. Sánchez 28′
04/01/15 The FA Cup Arsenal 2-0 Hull P. Mertesacker 20′
18/10/14 The Premier League Arsenal 2-2 Hull A. Sánchez 13′
17/05/14 The FA Cup Arsenal (AET)3-2 Hull J. Chester 4′
20/04/14 The Premier League Hull 0-3 Arsenal A. Ramsey 31′