Arsenal predicted XI vs Hull City

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After the disappointing result to Southampton in their previous match, expect Arsene Wenger to make changes to his starting eleven for their next fixture against Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

It's a re-run of the 2014 FA Cup final, although it seems that Arsenal victory has done little to placate a certain section of Arsenal fans who continue to protest against Wenger's management.

A fan was charged by police after confronting Wenger during Arsenal's 2-0 away defeat to the Saints on Thursday, as frustrations routinely boil over after each poor result for the Gunners.

Arsenal surely thought they turned the corner with an impressive 2-1 away win over West Ham on 28th December to follow up their Boxing Day win over Queens Park Rangers, but defensive mistakes and a lack of cutting edge cost them dearly against Ronald Koeman's surging Southampton.

Olivier Giroud serves the final game on his three match suspension against the Tigers, leaving Wenger short of options up front. The Arsenal boss may not risk Danny Welbeck after the England international missed the Southampton game with a thigh problem.

That means Wenger could persist with Alexis Sanchez up front, even though the Chilean international will need a rest sooner rather than later. An FA Cup tie would have been a good opportunity to do just that, but a lack of options handicaps the Gunners.

Lukas Podolski seems to be on his way to Inter Milan so the German international has probably played his last game for Arsenal unless Wenger decides to give him a farewell against Hull.

Mathieu Flamini missed the Saints game, leaving Wenger with Calum Chambers and Francis Coquelin in the holding midfield positions. They were exposed, and despite criticisms of Flamini this season, Wenger will want him back in the team as soon as possible.

Walcott return

This could be a good time to reintroduce Theo Walcott back into the starting lineup as well. The England forward played for the last half an hour against Southampton and could get the start as Wenger looks to ease him back in following a lengthy absence through injury.

One change that Arsenal fans will definitely see is David Ospina in goal. Wenger confirmed after the Saints game that the Colombian would replace Wojciech Szczesny in net for the FA Cup tie.

But has Szczesny been dropped or is he just being rested? The timing, after two poor mistakes against Southampton, raises the question.

Here's our Arsenal predicted XI to face Hull City on Sunday…

Ospina, Debuchy, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Coquelin, Sanchez, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla

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