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Arsenal v Hull: Where it all Begins Again!

By | 16th March 2009

arsenal-celebrateMany Barclays Premier League fans and pundits believe that the beginning of the end to Arsenal’s title challenge came as early as their home defeat to Hull back in September. Ironically, my time as a writer here at Premiership Talk also began with a preview to a match between these two, albeit this was the reverse fixture that the Gunners won at the KC Stadium 3-1 in January.

Now, exactly two months later, Hull City will once again have the chance to spoil a title challenge posed by the North London giants, with the trophy in question this time being the FA Cup. Only the Tigers stand between Arsenal and Wembley, where they will go on to face Chelsea in a mouth-watering semi-final if they manage to overcome Hull at the Emirates.

When asked, Hull manager Phil Brown said that he actually fancied playing Arsenal at the Emirates, as he felt that the Gunners would be under massive pressure in a bid to avoid a repeat of the shocking home defeat back in September. However, statistics point in the other direction as Arsenal is a team on the rise while Hull continues its free-fall into a relegation battle that once seemed extremely unlikely.

With Arsenal replacing Aston Villa in the top four this past weekend, I feel normal business has resumed at the Emirates and the 4-0 thrashing of Blackburn could be a preview of what the Gunners are capable of doing to Hull. However, you can never say never in football, so at the end of the day, one has to concede that Hull can once again shatter Arsenal’s dreams and add a new low to Arsene Wenger’s season.

Listen to Brian and Taylor discuss Arsenal’s season in Episode 13 of the Premiership Talk Podcast.

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