Arsenal v Hull: FA Cup 3rd Round
Today’s teatime KO sees Arsenal v Hull FA Cup 3rd Round action from the Emirates in a repeat of last year’s final.
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England forward Theo Walcott is expected to start for Arsenal in their third round FA Cup tie against Hull.
Goalkeeper David Ospina is set to replace Wojciech Szczesny in Sunday’s clash at the Emirates, while Mesut Ozil is close to full fitness after injury.
Hull boss Steve Bruce is likely to make changes with Tom Huddlestone and Stephen Quinn back after suspension.
Andrew Robertson, Liam Rosenior and Gaston Ramirez will not feature after suffering injuries against Everton.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he is determined to enjoy another successful year in the FA Cup and has set his sights on defending the trophy the club won last May.
The Gunners came back from two goals down against Sunday’s opponent in last year’s final, with Aaron Ramsey scoring an injury-time winner to end Arsenal’s nine-year wait for silverware.
“We want another cup run and we want to, if possible, keep the trophy. We have won it five times in my period in charge, so that means we know the importance that it has.
“It is a great memory, but we have a big job to do on Sunday and after the Premier League, then we have the Champions League.
“What is for sure is that we have room for improvement and we have to manage to do that quickly.” Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger also has plenty of selection decisions to make. David Ospina will start in goal – and, after Wojciech Szczesny’s errors against Southampton on New Year’s Day, could get an extended run in the first team.
Wenger wants to take this competition seriously. He’s won it five times but needs to rest players after a hectic Christmas period.
Considering he was already down to the bare bones in some positions, particularly in midfield , it’s tough to see how many changes he can make.
Theo Walcott could make his first start a year since his injury against Spurs, though Wenger seems more likely to use him from the bench.
Similarly, Mesut Ozil has resumed full training but this match could be too early for him. Lukas Podolski is yet another injured, and possibly on the verge of a transfer.
Therefore, it could be the likes of Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom who are given surprise starts upfront.
Both are exciting, direct, pacey young forwards who could cause Hull’s immobile backline problems.
Arsenal have a fine record in home FA Cup matches. In their last 38 ties at Highbury and the Emirates, they’ve won 28, drawn nine and lost just once. They should get the job done here, but 1.37 isn’t too tempting in the overall market.
Set-pieces are likely to be a major part of Hull’s approach this weekend, with Jelavic forming a good partnership with Uruguayan Abel Hernandez shown in the 2-0 victory over Everton at the weekend.
Bruce’s team selection will count for a great deal here, and it’s worth holding back on entering this market until the teamsheets are unveiled.
He played a near-reserve side in the Third and Fourth Rounds last season – so it’s worth waiting to see whether he’ll continue with that considering Hull are still fighting relegation.
Continuing with the 4-4-2 we saw against Everton would be a brave move and would create an open game, while 5-3-2 suggests Hull would be a little more cautious.
Soaking up pressure before counter-attacking and maximising set-piece opportunities is the only way Hull can realistically provide a shock here.
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