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Arsenal v Hull Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Hull City Preview, Predicted line up and score line by KJ

This is arguably the biggest tie of the 3rd round mainly because it’s a replay of that tantalising final between the two teams last year. Both teams have changed squad wise and their fortune has taken a turn for the worst in the league so this makes it a very interesting tie.
The teams that will be put out (especially Arsenal) will be a lot weaker considering this is only a 3rd round tie. We need to rest a lot of players as they are running off fumes at the moment. The likes of Alexis and Mertesacker will most likely be rested.

Arsenal will play the same team against Hull – except Szczesny!

It is a well known fact that most top teams like to give some of their top players a rest in the arly stages of the FA Cup, especially if they are competing for the Premiership title or the Champions League, but Arsene Wenger has admitted that he will be using the same squad that was available for the game against Southampton this week, and will not be promoting any youth players.

Arsenal are the holders and should put up a rugged defence of our trophy, and as we are playing the Hull team that gave us a run for our money at Wembley last May, we cannot expect an easy game even though we are now the home side.

Defence is the key for Arsenal against Southampton

Arsenal are down at the South Coast of England today to try and secure their third win in seven days and ensure a place in the Top Four this evening. Arsene Wenger set out a defensive side for the tight gane at West Ham and is likely to adopt the same tactics this afternoon.

The Gunners defence has been fortified by the return of Laurent Koscielny, and against the Hammers Arsenal played with two defensive midfielders in Flamini and Coquelin and Wenger has been very pleased with the recent performances. “We had two derby games over Christmas which had big intensity for different reasons,” Wenger said. “In the first one we played with 10 men for 40 minutes and in the second game we were confronted with a very committed game and I felt that the focus and desire was absolutely outstanding.

Who should be Arsenal’s main striker against Southampton?

It was always pretty inevitable that Olivier Giroud’s moment of madness against West Ham would come back to bite us in the proverbials, and so it has come to pass. Danny Welbeck looks to be unavailable for Thursday’s crucial game away at Southampton as Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday:
“We have an uncertainty about Welbeck, who came off with a thigh problem. I think he will be short for Thursday.”

West Ham v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

West Ham vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

This is our second game in two days and with West Ham having such a great season, a game at Upton Park provides a real test of our ability and determination to compete with Man Utd and Southampton for the top 4 place.

We have so many injuries at the moment that Wenger doesn’t have much flexibility with rotation and this could massively impact our performance against the Hammers. They are very powerful from midfield and could easily exploit the fact that we don’t have the likes of Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey or Özil playing.

How Arsenal can exploit Jenkinson’s absence from West Ham

Arsenal are facing a very tough test tomorrow as we travel to face an in form and high flying West Ham. Sam Allardyce has really got his players working as a solid team this season and their place above the Gunners in the Premier League table is no fluke.

Having said that, an Arsenal win will take us above them into fourth place, or even third if Chelsea beat Southampton. But despite the fact that West Ham lost their last game, against Jose Mourinho’s side on Boxing day, they will still be fairly confident against Arsenal and we will have to be at our best.

Official team news and preview of Liverpool v Arsenal

It did not take a lot of thought to work out what the Arsenal starting line-up for the Premier League away clash with Liverpool would be. As soon as we heard that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had passed a late fitness test yesterday, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team almost picked itself.

Because of all the injury problems which have left the boss with little option in central midfield or the back four, Wenger has at least got two first choice full backs in Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy, with Calum Chambers set yto partner Mertesacker in the centre of our defence.

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ

Last season, Arsenal were in a strong position when going into this fixture but got completely blown away in the first 20 minutes. I don’t expect a similar start as Liverpool lack Suarez and Sturridge who were at the heart of all the problems caused last season. Even then, I still expect this to be a very tough game for us.

Both teams haven’t really performed this season and you can attribute that down to injuries, transfers and poor tactics. This has allowed United a firm position in the top 4 and this makes the game at Anfield fairly important for who goes on and claims the remaining top 4 place.

Arsenal handed the same Ref and it’s NOT good news!

There has been a lot of talk and comparisons made ahead of the return trip of Arsenal to Anfield where Liverpool produced one of the performances of last season when they simply blew a naive Gunners team away. And although there are likely to be a fair few changes in both teams starting line-ups, the man in charge wil be the same.

And that 5-1 defeat is not the only time that the Gunners have suffered when Michael Oliver has been the referee. Arsene Wenger has been less than impresseed with the young ref’s officiating on a few occasions, most recently with his failure to add on much extra time despite Tottenham’s time wasting at the Emirates.

Arsenal handed EPL boost as Liverpool problems mount!

Arsenal head into the weekend’s big Premier League clash with a great chance of beating a struggling Liverpool team and banishing the memories of last season’s 5-1 pasting at Anfield. A win could put the Gunners as high as fourth and will open up an eight point gap on Brendan Rodgers and his players.

Arsenal do have plenty of our own problems to deal with, as usual. The injury situation at the Emirates may be easing, but Arsene Wenger will still have to do without a long list of key players such as Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal v Liverpool Stats Preview – Gunners hold the Aces

Liverpool v Arsenal Sunday 21st Dec 16.00 Anfield

After suffering defeat at the hands of arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday, further pressure was mounted onto the shoulders of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. This was followed on Wednesday with what appeared a tricky quarter-final tie away to high flying Championship side Bournemouth in the League Cup. The Reds comfortably won 3-1 making their way into the Semi-finals to face Chelsea.

MY Arsenal team to beat Liverpool – What is yours?

My Arsenal XI to Beat Livepool on Sunday! by AT

Following comprehensive wins against Newcastle United and away at Galatasaray in the Champions League, Arsenal will go into the big game against Liverpool full of confidence. Despite numerous injuries continuing to plague the side, Arsene Wenger can still pick a very strong starting eleven to not only match Liverpool but also beat them. Here’s the starting eleven that I think should take to the pitch at Anfield.