- Arsenal Ready To Add Another Win
- Hull City Hope To Keep Climbing In Premier League Table
- Olivier Giroud Backed To Score
- Live Streaming on NBC Sports Network, talkSports.com
LONDON (Sporting Alert) — English Premier League leaders Arsenal will take on Hull City at Emirates Stadium in one of nine games on the midweek fixture on Wednesday.
Arsenal leads the Premier League table with 31 points, four more than second place Chelsea, following their comfortable 3-0 victory over Cardiff City at the weekend.
On form mid fielder Aaron Ramsey scored twice and substitute Mathieu Flamini added another in the victory, as the Gunners made sure to not slip up like Manchester United and Manchester City did on their visits to Cardiff Stadium.
On Wednesday night manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping to keep the good form going, but the Frenchman has also warned his team that Hull City, who stunned Liverpool 3-1 on Sunday, will post a difficult matchup.
“They [Hull] have no fear,” said Wenger on Arsenal official website (www.arsenal.com). “They are very strong in the challenge and very dynamic going forward.
“They are very good in transition from defence to attack and on set-pieces they look strong as well.
“We are lucky at the moment, we get good warnings. We had a good warning before we went to Cardiff and we have another good warning from Hull’s performance against Liverpool.”
While other teams are struggling to put together a consistent run this season, Arsenal has been busy holding their own – picking up 10 wins from 13 matches so far this season – to head into the festive fixtures firmly at the top of the Premier League table standings.
“We are in a good position,” admits Wenger. “It is early yet, but if we can remain focused and consistent the way we have been so far, I will be happy.”
Much have been asked of lone-target man Olivier Giroud this campaign, but the Frenchman, despite looking tired at times, has held his form for the most part in leading the attacking line.
For Wednesday night, attackers Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Yaya Sanogo (back) will all remain out for Arsenal, but Theo Walcott could get some extra minutes, after coming off the bench a few times since his return from an injury.
Wenger did, however, state that he expects Podolski to return to training after Wednesday’s game.
“Lukas Podolski should be back in normal training after the Hull game,” he confirmed.
Defender Bacary Sagna has also been ruled out of the game.
“From Saturday against Cardiff we will lose Sagna, who has a slight hamstring problem. He should be out for tomorrow’s game,” Wenger said.
Hull City, meanwhile, has moved into the top-10 in the Premier League table with 17points and Steve Bruce is hoping his team will show that the victory over Liverpool at the weekend was not a one off game.
However, they will have to do this without the services of a few key players, such as winger Sone Aluko (Achilles), midfielder Stephen Quinn and defender Paul McShane (both hamstring), who are all injured, while leading centre-half Curtis Davies is out suspended.
Bruce will also be checking on the fitness of defender Paul McShane, who missed the weekend win over Liverpool with a hamstring problem.
Attacker Yannick Sagbo, who delivered a Man-of-the-Match performance against the Reds, has called on his teammates to come out and produce another similar performance against Arsenal.
“It felt like we hadn’t won in a very long time so it was great to get back to winning ways against Liverpool,” said Sagbo on Hull City website at (www.hullcitytigers.com).
“We played really well at the weekend. The whole team was fantastic and we had a great sense of satisfaction at the result.
“Now we have to do it all over again against Arsenal. Every game at this level is difficult but this will be one of the toughest.”
The game will be streamed live on NBC Sports Network, while talkSports.com will also have live radio stream coverage.
Where they are in the English Premier League Table:
P Team Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 13 31
2 Chelsea 13 27
3 Manchester City 13 25
4 Liverpool 13 24
5 Everton 13 24
6 Newcastle United 13 23
7 Southampton 13 22
8 Manchester United 13 22
9 Tottenham Hotspur 13 21
10 Hull City 13 17
Arsenal (from): Fabianski, Szczesny, Viviano, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Sagna, Vermaelen, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Eisfeld, Flamini, Frimpong, Gnabry, Miyaichi, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Yennaris, Zelalem, Bendtner, Giroud, Park, Walcott.
Hull City (from): Harper, Jakupovic, McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Dudgeon, Faye, Figueroa, Rosenior, Brady, Boyd, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Meyler, Fryatt, Gedo, Graham, McLean, Proschwitz, Sagbo.