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Can Hull Do the Double Against Arsenal?

By | 16th January 2009

Phil BrownAs tomorrow evening’s last game kicks off at the KC Stadium, every viewer of the Premier League will have one question: Can Hull do the double against the Gunners? Several other questions stem right out of this question. Does Phil Brown possess the genius to outwit The Professor? Will Hull battle to finish in the top half or does the relegation battle begin tomorrow?

Frankly, there is hardly anyone who really thinks of Hull City as a serious relegation contender. In retrospect, this game means the world to Arsene Wenger and his men who cannot afford to slip up even once from now on until the end of the season if they are to revive the outside chance of becoming the Barclays Premier League champions once again.

That means the pressure would be on Arsene Wenger to ensure that his young Gunners not only prevent Hull from completing the dreaded double against them, but also to walk out of the KC Stadium with all three points.

Last weekend, Nicklas Bendtner saved Arsenal’s blushes in an otherwise highly ordinary performance against Bolton Wanderers. As a diehard Gooner, I found it hard to believe that it was the coveted Arsenal brand of football on display in front of some 60,000 at the Emirates.

In addition to Arsenal’s lack of dominance in recent times, Phil Brown will be encouraged by the fact that his Hull side is set to become more competitive with the arrival of several new faces in the January transfer window. While it is true that the highly stable ex-Liverpool full-back Steve Finnan will be far from his Hull debut tomorrow, just the sheer talk of his arrival along with explosive Manchester United youngster Manucho (on loan) will go a long way to promote a competition for places that could bring the best out of Brown’s out-of-form side.

All said and done, I personally feel that Arsenal will extract the revenge of a shock defeat that Hull handed the Gunners at the Emirates a few months ago. I am sure there are those who disagree and therefore I concede that I certainly fear a Hull side that will be brimming with confidence, freshness, and a hope for yet another upset.

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