Arsenal v Hull City (Match Preview)
Following two great away victories and Tuesday’s result that is the talk of the media world, Arsenal entertain Hull City at the Emirates. Arsenal find themselves top of the league, a position not many believed Arsenal would ever reach this season, and whilst it is still very early in the campaign, it is a statement of intent.
Arsenal’s last league game at the Emirate set the tone for what has followed and the Arsenal fans do not expect any slip-up against newly promoted Hull City. Hull have started the season well, except for a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Wigan. The game will not be easy as Hull will want to show everyone that they are not going to be a pushover as Derby were last season.
After last week’s horrendous challenge on Clichy by Davies, the young French left back is available for selection as is for the first time Mikael Silvestre, who will have to settle for a place on the bench.
No start for midweek heroes Ramsey, Wilshere or Vela who will all be on the bench. The other notable absentee is Samir Nasir who showed outstanding form at the start of the season but has since been blighted by Arsenal’s winger injury. This will mean a start for Eboue, who to his credit has started to turn in some good performances.
Wenger will give Adebayor and van Persie a run out against Hull City. Adebayor has played well and is not creating more goals than he is scoring, whilst van Persie has recovered from a slight knock and is close to putting pen to paper to sign a new 5 year contract. Midweek hat-trick hero Vela will have to wait for his first premiership start, but expect the young Mexican to make an appearance against Hull City.
Arsenal are playing with a confidence and desire that has fooled all the pundits. Arsenal should be too strong for Hull, an early goal could lead to avalanche of goals, this could allow Wenger to rest some players before Tuesday’s Champions League game against Porto.