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Arsenal v Hull City: Predicted starting line-ups

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Arsenal are set to welcome their FA Cup final counterparts Hull City for the first time since that famous match was played out in May.

The Gunners came from 2-0 down to win 3-2, thanks to an extra time winner from Aaron Ramsey. With so much at stake, it was no surprise how tightly contested that game was, but it is important for Arsene Wenger to approach this game with a similar mindset.

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Alarm bells

Although alarm bells are not ringing around the Emirates Stadium just yet, anything but a win for Arsenal against the Tigers would certainly set some apprehension amongst the fans. There is no hiding that Arsenal have had a slow start to the season, winning only two of their opening seven Premier League games.

Wenger will argue that Arsenal have had a tough run and now they have a chance to get a run of wins together. Hull City represents the first of these so called 'easy' games that Arsenal must now consider must wins.

Team news

While Arsenal will be firm favourites to take the spoils against Steve Bruce's men, their challenge has been made harder by a string of injuries. The international break has not been kind to Wenger with as many as four players returning with knocks.

Mesut Ozil looks set to be out for the rest of 2014 while Laurent Koscielny's long-term achilles tendon problem appears to be getting worse. With Calum Chambers suspended, Arsenal have just one recognised centre-back fit for the game, meaning Nacho Monreal is set to deputise in central defence for the first time in his competitive career.

Hector Bellerin will also be handed his Premier League debut at right-back as Mathieu Debuchy continues to recover from damaged ankle ligaments. The Spanish youngster is the same age as Chambers and looked assured in his Champions League debut against Borussia Dortmund last month.

Danny Welbeck has recovered from an ankle knock sustained in England's game against Estonia, but Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta remain a week short of full fitness and could be in contention for next week's Champions League game against Anderlecht.

While Theo Walcott will play for the Under-21s today, it is still unknown whether he will be involved with the squad, but the Englishman certainly will not start.

Predicted XI

Szczesny, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Sanchez

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