In what will be a repeat of the 2014 final, Arsenal welcome Hull City to the Emirates Stadium in the third round as they bid to retain the FA Cup.
Last year’s showpiece was certainly one to remember as the Gunners came from 0-2 down to win 3-2 in injury-time – ending a nine year trophy drought in the process.
The home side have been struggling in the Premier League this season though, and that was highlighted in the 2-0 defeat away to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Hull began 2015 with an impressive 2-0 home win against struggling Everton. However, Steve Bruce’s side saw Andrew Robertson, Gaston Ramirez and Liam Rosenior leave the pitch through injury.
Robertson had x-rays on his foot and ankle yesterday (Friday), Rosenior damaged his hamstring during the second-half and Ramirez is still struggling with a groin problem.
Sunday’s game may come too early for Lukas Podolski – who missed the Southampton clash due to a groin issue. In his post-match press conference, Arsene Wenger admitted he will make changes for the match.
“I will make a few changes, that’s for sure, but he [Podolski] has not practiced for a few days – since our game at West Ham because of a tight groin,” stated the Arsenal boss.
"I don’t think he will be available for Sunday."
During the third round draw Steve Bruce was clearly disappointed when he learned he would be facing the North London side again, and you can understand why as the Tigers have won just two of their last 20 FA Cup matches against top flight teams.
Solid Arsenal record
The Gunners have won three of their previous six clashes with the visitors in the competition, drawing two and losing one.
If the Christmas period is anything to go by – we should expect the unexpected, especially on third round weekend. With the right approach the visitors are well capable of causing an upset, but the Gunners should have too much for them.
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