Arsenal travel to Hull City for the weekend on Saturday, 17 September as the Gunners look to secure their third win on the trot after a difficult start to the season. The Gunners secured only a point from their opening two games against Liverpool and Leicester City, but fought back against Watford and Southampton with six points from the next two.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One at 10:30pm BST.
Hull are level on points with Arsenal, with stand-in manager Mike Phelan doing a brilliant job marshalling his limited resources and are unlikely to be pushed aside by Arsenal, who looked incredibly shaky against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. They have picked up three points against Leicester City thus far and were incredibly close to picking up at least a point against Manchester United, before Marcus Rashford scored the winner.
Their last game ended in a 1-1 draw against Burnley and Phelan could give home debuts to as many as four summer signings, with striker Dieumerci Mbokani on the horizon and former Manchester United forward James Weir. Ryan Mason, who moved in from Tottenham, could also make the team, making for a rejuvenated squad for their game against the Gunners.
Meanwhile, Arsenal were lucky to take anything from their midweek fixture against PSG, with Edinson Cavani missing a myriad of chances to double the French club's lead. Alexis Sanchez's strike was enough to lead to a good result for the Gunners, while David Ospina put in a Man of the Match performance at the other end to start the north London club's campaign on a high.
They were incredibly lucky in the league last week, taking three points against Southampton with an contentious injury time penalty scored by Santi Cazorla. the Gunners had gone behind in the first half but came back with a brilliant overhead kick by Laurent Koscielny, who scored his first goal of the campaign.
What Managers Say
Mike Phelan: "It will be a tough game against a top team full of excellent players. But the spotlight will be on Arsenal. We've conducted ourselves really well so far and we'll be up for this challenge. Our players are enjoying themselves in the Premier League and Saturday's game is another great one for us to take on board. We know what we have to do and how we have to approach the game. Concentration and the mental side of the game are going to be important, but we also have to play in the game as well because we're not going out there just to accept what Arsenal want to throw at us."
Arsene Wenger: "He's [Phelan] doing very well. He's experienced after working at big clubs in big competitions. He has done really well. He is a real football man and has given some stability to Hull. They are difficult to beat. I think sometimes people behind the managers are real football people with not the same pressure but enjoy to work every day. It's not especially because you're a manager that you have more knowledge when some people work inside the clubs. What is important is he has experience of the big games and the knowledge you get from these big games."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Hull City Win: 6/10
- Draw: 29/10
- Arsenal Win: 24/5
Possible XI: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Meyler, Huddlestone, Mason; Snodgrass, Hernandez, Mbokani
Possible XI: Cech; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Perez.