Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal face an uphill task this week as Marco Silva’s rejuvenated Hull City visit the Emirates Stadium in search of yet another upset.
Arsenal have lost two consecutive games for the second time this season and it is high time the slump is arrested as the race for the top four hots up. The elbow on Hector Bellerin combined with the league’s protocol for head injuries means Arsenal will be forced to rest the Spaniard, and in all likelihood this means another start for Gabriel at Right Back.
In the absence of players such as Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been chosen to fill in the midfield spot beside Francis Coquelin and it is going to be interesting to see how Wenger sets the team up against Hull.
Marco Silva for his part has been a revelation this season with several scalps already in the league, the most impressive of which came against a hapless Liverpool side where they won 2-0.
The Hull manager is already drawing comparisons to fellow Portuguese Jose Mourinho, and if the signs are anything to go by- this is as good a weekend as any for Hull to visit the Emirates.
With 9 games between these two sides in the past in the league, Arsenal have clear dominance having won seven of those and lost only once. That pattern could take a beating this time as Hull come off a good run of form that has seen them draw at Manchester United and then pick apart Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Arsenal’s form is wobbly of late with two consecutive losses denting their title charge yet again, and they have won only two of their previous five games. Hull have the same number of wins, losses and draws but their most recent game was a confident win at home and they will surely draw from that.
As calls for his head intensify among the ranks of Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger will look to get his team back on track for the customary top four position that has become a given for Arsenal fans in the past 20 years but may be at stake this season.