Hull City v Arsenal

Arsenal will be hoping to avoid an upset and navigate their way safely past Hull City in the replay of their FA Cup fifth-round clash at the KC Stadium on Tuesday.

The Gunners failed to find a breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium over a fortnight ago, when a 0-0 draw saw the Tigers force a replay back on their home turf.

Arsenal have failed to win in any of their four matches since that stalemate, with defeat in the first leg of their Champions League clash with Barcelona followed by back-to-back losses in the Premier League against Manchester United and Swansea prior to last weekend’s 2-2 draw with derby rivals Tottenham.

Hull returned to Championship action with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town before being held to a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday a few days later. However, their most recent result was a 1-0 loss to Birmingham City on Thursday that they will need to shake off quickly.

In team news, Arsenal are still weakened by a number of injuries. Petr Cech (calf muscle) remains on the sidelines, meaning that David Ospina will continue in goal. Defender Laurent Koscielny (calf/shin) is also ruled out along with midfielders Santi Cazorla (achilles tendinopathy), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Tomas Rosicky (thigh muscle), and Jack Wilshere (calf/shin).

Hull manager Steve Bruce has a fully-fit squad to choose from, but has stated that he will continue with the rotation policy that he has been using in the competition, meaning that changes will be made to the team that lost in Birmingham.

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