Newly promoted side Hull City, who find themselves surprisingly 7th in the League play their first Top 4 team when they visit the Emirates stadium. When the match kicks off at Emirates, Arsenal could find themselves second or third depending on what happens to Liverpool and Chelsea in their respective matches.
Hull has had a very good start to the premiership – A confidence boosting win against Fulham, score draw with Blackburn, a traumatising loss to Wigan (0-5), an encouraging with Newcastle and a 4 goal draw against Everton. Not bad when you have 8 points from 5 games and the media was speculating if they would be this years Derby County. Honestly a creditable performance indeed. They would be relishing this match, to play in front of 60,000 fans against one of the top teams in England. I am sure they would make sure they give 110% in this match.
Arsenal on the other hand will be wanting to secure the top position come end of the week. They have had a good week’s rest, seeing the young guns go blazing against Sheffield United in the Carling Cup. It would be interesting to see if Wenger gives an opportunity to Vela or Ramsey or Wilshere in this match if Arsenal is leading comfortably in this match. Not that I am demeaning Hull, but I would love to see the kids play in the Premier League.
Here is an interesting point from The Telegraph
Hull manager Phil Brown was Sam Allardyce’s right-hand man when Bolton became Wenger’s bogey team.
In January 2005, Wenger confronted Brown on the touchline during an Arsenal v Bolton game and the pair went eyeball to eyeball. Seconds later, Bolton netted the winner, prompting Brown to celebrate with conspicuous glee. The scorer that day was Stelios Giannakopoulos, who a year later scored again in a 1-0 Bolton victory. Wenger might not have been pleased to discover Stelios signed for Hull this week and could make his debut on Saturday.