Arsenal take on 13th placed Hull City on Sunday at the KC stadium in an early kick-off.
The match is regarded by many as a pre-FA Cup final rehearsal between both sides following their inevitable meeting on the 17th of May at the Wembley stadium for the FA Cup final showdown.
With 450 minutes left of football in Arsenal’s season. You can make a convincing case that the 180 against Hull City will be definitive.
Hull and Arsenal are destined to decide the winner of the 2014 FA Cup final, but they will test the waters in a Premier League encounter before the Wembley showdown. And while the prospect of ending the infamous trophy drought are alluring, Arene Wenger’s team needs to concentrate on the remaining league games if they are to step into the final with cool heads.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 2.05pm
Hull City have only won 2 of their last 6 premier league games being at par with Arsenal who equally have just won 2 of their last 6 premier league games
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Arsenal 2 (Ozil, Bendtner) vs 0 Hull, Premier League, December 2013
Hull 1 (Bullard pen) 2 Arsenal (Arshavin, Bendtner), Premier League, March 2010
Arsenal 3 (Denilson, Eduardo, Diaby) 0 Hull, Premier League, December 2009
If Hull are to win on Sunday, that would be their first home victory over Arsenal in almost a century. The Tigers won 1-0 in April 1915.
Arsenal have scored two or more goals in each encounter after that 1915 loss.
Hull managed just seven home wins this season, but haven’t lost a home fixture in a month.
Arsenal: Monreal (doubt – dead leg), Gibbs (groin/hamstring), Gnabry (knee), Wilshere (foot), Diaby (doubt – knee), Walcott (knee)
Hull City: McGregor (kidney), Brady (groin), McShane (ankle), Dudgeon (knee)
The Tigers are riding the waves of their FA Cup semi-final success and will face Arsenal. Inspired after reaching their first final in the competition. Cup-tied Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic could return to play in the first of four decisive fixtures.
Steve Bruce’s side are six points from the relegation zone facing tough games against Fulham, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Everton, so a result on Sunday would be essential.
Although Arsenal will go into the match at the KC stadium on the back of a decent record against the Tigers with Arsenal picking up 4 wins out their last 5 meetings.
Arsenal have also, Boost with the return of club record signing Mesut Ozil back to the squad, and would possibly make the starting line up against the Tigers pairing with Aaron Ramsey who recently was nominated for the PFA award for his outstanding performance for the gunners in the first half of the season.