The Premier League is back this weekend (thank god!) and on Saturday we take on Hull City at the Emirates as we look to bounce back from our disappointing 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
We usually come out on top against Hull City in the Premier League – the last time being in the FA Cup final in May where we came back from 2-0 down to trump them 3-2 in an enthralling encounter.
But a lot has changed since that game, with both sides adding new faces and offloading deadwood over the summer transfer window, especially Steve Bruce’s side.
It has all the makings of an interesting encounter between the two sides and this game won’t be a walk in the park as many would suggest – Hull City have only lost two of their seven opening fixtures, while the Gunners have drawn more often than they would’ve liked.
Both sides’ form are very similar, as are their results thus far, with Arsenal sitting in seventh and Hull City in eleventh and a point separating the teams.
We have the squad capable of winning this game but Hull City shouldn’t be taken lightly this season as they possess some very talented individuals.
Here are the THREE players I think that we have to be careful of in this game:
The 24-year-old forward signed from Palermo in the summer after an impressive season in the Serie B. He has a reputation for goals, scoring 14 in 28 appearances last season and already has two to his name in four Premier League stars. The Uruguayan must be kept at bay as he could cause a real threat with his pace and movement.
The former West Ham man has hit the ground running at the KC Stadium since joining Bruce’s side over the summer. Possesses Premier League experience, strength and gets into threating areas where he can score from. Has an eye for goal and this is reflected with his impressive record of three goals in four league games so far.
The Croatian is a danger when he’s up for it and four foals in seven games so far for Hull City suggests this. Although not technically gifted, Jelavic gets into some dangerous areas and can hurt you if not marked properly. A real threat in the air, so our centre-backs will need to keep in at arm’s length.