Hull City visit the Emirates tonight. Last year everyone were expecting a walk in the park for Arsenal but the Tigers stunned everyone with a 2-1 win. This time around again Arsenal are expected to claim an easy win, especially considering Hull have been a shadow of the side they were at this time last year and are lying way down the table at 16th with just 4 wins so far.

But Hull have only lost one in their last 5 games. Though they have won only one in this period as well! Arsenal on the other hand have lost two and won two in their last 5 matches. Not impressive. So the form of the two sides promises a tough encounter but when you consider Arsenal’s home record this season, 12 wins and a defeat, not many will not be expecting Arsenal to take all 3 points from this one.

As for the team news Cesc Fabregas is out, but his replacement Denilson returns. Eboue might make a return as well but Traore remains out. I am expecting the following line-up:

Almunia
Eboue     Vermaelen     Gallas     Silvestre
Diaby     Song     Denilson
Walcott     Arshavin     Nasri

Now that clearly is not a very strong line-up. Most of us hate to have just the two of those midfield three in the same team but we might happen to see all three of them on the same pitch tonight! I would prefer to put in Ramsey instead of Denilson. And Vela up front instead of Walcott. I am not a big fan of Walcott and I’m sure Vela can do far better than Walcott. In the defence Sagna might be rested. He has been playing consecutively for quite a lot of matches now and deserves some rest. Central defence is perfect but Silvestre was a disaster at left back on Wednesday. But then we don’t have a choice. As for Almunia, I don’t want him to play today. He’s had a lot of chances but he’s not shown yet why he is the number 1. Put in Fabianski and I’m sure he will do better than Almunia.

So there it is then. I’m not expecting a one-sided encounter but still Arsenal should come out with the win. 2-1 I think.

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