by Bulldog Drummond.
Hull have a poor away record as this table shows: one win, one draw, and the rest defeats.
This is reminiscent of Burnley, with their backs against the wall approach, and some time wasting from the keeper in the sound and secure knowledge that the referee will flagrantly ignore the rules of the game and do nothing about it until the 88th minute.
Seeing that record above it is not surprising that they have lost seven of their last eight away games, and not won away for 11 games. Indeed Hull’s history against Arsenal involves mostly Arsenal wins, 17 all told with five draws and three defeats. In the last six games Arsenal have won four and drawn two. Indeed in the last 13 it is 11 wins, drawn two. Here’s the most recent.
|17 Jan 2009||Hull City v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|17 Mar 2009||Arsenal v Hull City||W||2-1||FA Cup|
|19 Dec 2009||Arsenal v Hull City||W||3-0||Premier League|
|13 Mar 2010||Hull City v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|04 Dec 2013||Arsenal v Hull City||W||2-0||Premier League|
|20 Apr 2014||Hull City v Arsenal||W||0-3||Premier League|
|17 May 2014||Arsenal v Hull City||W||3-2||FA Cup Final|
|18 Oct 2014||Arsenal v Hull City||D||2-2||Premier League|
|04 Jan 2015||Arsenal v Hull City||W||2-0||FA Cup|
|04 May 2015||Hull City v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|20 Feb 2016||Arsenal v Hull City||D||0-0||FA Cup|
|08 Mar 2016||Hull City v Arsenal||W||0-4||FA Cup|
|17 Sep 2016||Hull City v Arsenal||W||1-4||Premier League|
- 14 January: beat Bournemouth 3-1 at home
- 22 January: lost to Chelsea 2-0 away
- 27 January: beat Man U 2-1 (league cup semi final)*
- 1 February: drew with Man U 0-0 away
- 4 February: beat Liverpool 2-0 at home
Now all this talk of runs made me wonder about the “form table” – the league table based not on the whole season to date but just the last six games. Here it is…
Last 6 matches (total)
|9||West Ham Utd||6||3||0||3||9||9||0||9|
Now the essence of creating arguments against a team that has lost a couple of recent games centres on the notion that all bad runs go on through the whole season, which in Arsenal’s case has only happened twice: the 1912/13 Relegation season, and the Unbeaten season.
As this table shows we have slipped down, although over the last six games we are still above Man City who of course have their manager of choice.
If we look at the most recent games at home we find Arsenal in sixth…
From Hull’s point of view the recent away table is less exciting… here are the last four counting away games only…
|2||West Ham Utd||4||3||0||1||10||4||+6||9|
Alexis Sanchez has either scored or assisted in six goals in three league games against Hull (five goals, one assist) and Alexis remains one of just three Arsenal players to average 2+ goal involvements per game in the Premier League against a particular opponent (excluding players with fewer than three games against a team). Ian Wright against Ipswich (eight goals and three assists in five games) and Lukas Podolski against West Ham (four goals and four assists in four games) are the others.
But Hull are on the up, they have two games without conceding in February, as many as they’d kept in all their previous 26 Premier League games – they haven’t kept three in a row in the PL since October 2008.
Olivier Giroud has a goal substitute goal tally of four in the Premier League this season. No Arsenal player has ever scored more than four substitute goals in a Premier League season (Kanu and Adebayor are the only other two to do it).
Here’s another one: Arsenal have won 15 of their last 17 Premier League games at the Emirates against newly promoted clubs since losing 1-0 to Newcastle in November 2010.
All of which leads me to think that our most likely line up will be
Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
The Ox Coquelin
Iwobi Ozil Welbeck
Beached: Bellerin, Giroud, Elneny, Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Lucas
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