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Preview: Hull v Arsenal, Team News, Starting XI & Prediction
Arsenal will look to maintain their push for second place when we take on Hull City tonight.
We head to the KC Stadium three points adrift of Manchester City after their fortunate win at Tottenham on Sunday. However, we have two games in hand so second is still very-much in our hands.
Let’s not forget that victory tonight will also take us five points clear of Man Utd with a game in hand, so we’d be in excellent shape to finish at least third – which means no terrifying Champions League play-off to worry about!
The draw with Chelsea ended our nine-game winning streak but we’re still in great form, so I’m hopeful we can get back to winning ways tonight.
Although Hull are in confident mood themselves as they’ve just beaten Liverpool at home and they also held us to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates earlier in the season, so it’s not going to be easy.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training but won’t be under consideration for this game.
Mikel Arteta is also back in training but again he’s still short of match fitness so isn’t available just yet.
Mathieu Debuchy is likely to miss out because of a hamstring injury he picked up in training so Hector Bellerin will start at right-back.
I don’t expect Arsene to make too many changes from the side he’s been using lately, but this is the eleven I’d go for:
I don’t like Rambo out on the right wing but I think we’ll need his energy against a five-man Hull midfield so I’d leave Cazorla out and play the Welshman in the middle with Welbeck on the wing.
Hull are desperate for the points to aid their relegation battle but we’ve got plenty of quality to break the down. It will probably be a cagey first half but in the end I’m hopeful of a 2-0 win. Hull 0-2 Arsenal