What kind of a game could Arsenal have in store against Hull City? by SE
Arsenal face one hull of a fight on their hands when Steve Bruce’s men visit the Emirates this Saturday afternoon, as both sides look to gather momentum heading into a crucial phase of their respective seasons. Arsenal, having won just 2 of their 7 games, will be desperate to string a few wins together, and tomorrow’s home game against the Tigers couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time for Wenger’s wizards who, before the international break, couldn’t stand up to Chelsea’s physical dominance. Hull City, despite picking up 9 points in the Premier League so far, have been far too porous at the back and, going into Saturday’s game Steve Bruce is bound to be concerned. There could be a goal-fest here so if you want to go to the game then look for Arsenal Tickets on LiveFootballTickets.com. All said and done, what kind of a game could Arsenal have in store against Hull City?
Starting with the visitors, having remained in the Premier League for the 2nd successive year after attaining promotion, Bruce would be inching to finish in the top 10 this season. And, although they have had a topsy-turvy start to their campaign so far, they are certainly in with a chance to do just that. The tigers haven’t played with a settled lineup right throughout this campaign. And, of all other areas of the pitch, Bruce has juggled around with his defenders to such an extent that only Curtis Davies has been the mainstay, as far as Hull City’s backline is concerned. Understandably so, Hull have conceded 11 goals, while scoring the same number of goals at the other end.
Going into Saturday’s clash against Arsenal, however, Hull look a good side on paper. With the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Mohammed Diame, Jack Livermore, Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez adding a lot of flair to Hull City’s attack, the Gunners are in for a test of some sorts. Contrary to other sides, Hull won’t come to the Emirates and respect Arsenal by allowing them large amounts of time on the ball. The Tigers themselves have enjoyed 49% possession of the ball in the 7 games so far and, going by their midfield and striking personnel, Bruce’s charges will surely have their own game plan against a beleaguered Arsenal side.
Arsenal, unfortunately, have an injury crisis to overcome, before they can then shift their focus to claiming all 3 points against Hull City. Barring Sanchez and Mertesacker, Arsenal don’t have many leaders in their side. Welbeck and Wilshere – despite good starts to their respective seasons – are still finding their feet at the top level, and cannot be considered as genuine leaders when the Gunners take the field of play on Saturday afternoon. Playing at the Emirates, however, Arsenal can have lots of possession and, with a bit more incision, could score a lot more goals than they have managed so far.
Coming up against Hull City, Arsenal do not have a lot of tall defenders, when it comes to set-piece situations, and might have to rely immensely on Welbeck, Mertesacker and Hayden, if he plays, to bail them out of free-kicks and corners that Hull would want to make the most of. Regardless of a handful of factors that Hull City could well pose Arsenal, they should have too much in store for Bruce’ men; and, with the home crowd egging them on, Arsenal simply have to win on Saturday. Perehaps you could go and support your team by
Saturday’s game promises to be an exhibition of two beleaguered defences. Arsenal, without Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, will rely heavily on Mertesacker to keep a clean sheet and plug the holes left by Gibbs and Bellerin who would be bombing forward at will. Hull City, without a settled back four, will be under severe pressure to hold out an Arsenal side at their own backyard. However, given the Tigers’ ammunition in the middle and final-third of the pitch, Arsenal will have their task cut-out, though Wenger’s wizards should win the game.
Score Prediction: Arsenal 3:2 Hull City