Preview: Hull City v Arsenal

Arsenal will be gunning for three more points when they travel to KCOM Stadium to take on Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Premier League
17 September 2016
Matchday 5
Kick-off: 22H00 HKT

Venue: KCOM Stadium

Referee: R. East
Assistants: D. Cann, M. Wilkes
Fourth official: P. Tierney

Head-to-head summary:

Hull City: 13 1 2 10
Arsenal: 13 10 2 1

Previous encounter:

Hull City 0-4 Arsenal – 08/03/16 (Premier League)
Arsenal goalscorers: O. Giroud (41’,71′) ; T. Walcott (77’,88′)

Players to watch:

Hull will need to take their chances when they come, and for that they will look to star attackers such as Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass and Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez.

The Gunners are famed for their team play, but if there’s one player capable of doing it himself it has to be Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who already has two goals to his name this season.

It was a wet and rainy training session today #HCFCvAFC #Arsenal #Alexis #COYG ⛈

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Arsenal fans will also be keeping an eye on new signing Lucas Perez, who made his debut against the Saints and is looking for his first Premier League goal.

Team form and manager quotes:

The Tigers started the campaign in winning form with a shock victory over champions Leicester City before also getting the better of Swansea City, but they were beaten at home to Manchester United before last weekend’s draw with Burnley.

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan highlighted the importance of remaining switched on at all times against the north London giants, as he targets another upset.

“Arsenal are a fabulous team with a certain way of playing football and they challenge you all of the time in different areas of the field,” Phelan said in his pre-match press conference.

“We know what we have to do and how we have to approach the game. Concentration and the mental side of the game are going to be important, but we also have to play in the game as well because we’re not going out there just to accept what Arsenal want to throw at us.

“We have to make the game. We’ve done it in the past and I’m sure we’ll do it again.”

The Gunners, meanwhile, were beaten on opening day by Liverpool and were held by the Foxes in their next match, but a 3-1 win over Watford followed by last weekend’s 2-1 defeat of Southampton has them back on track and chasing a third consecutive victory.

Arsene Wenger is upbeat ahead of the trip to East Yorkshire after seeing his side snatch a last-gasp win over the Saints, before rescuing a late draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

“Overall it’s been a positive week. We have shown the right attitude and spirit, and I know we have room for improvement in certain areas of the game that we will work on. But overall it is positive, the results are positive,” Wenger told the media.

“We take our games seriously, we are focused on doing well and that is what we want to do again on Saturday. We have a short recovery but everyone looks to have recovered well and we go into the game with the desire to win it again.”

Team news:

Bobby and Mesut. #Arsenal #Gunners #AFC

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Phelan has reported no new injury concerns, with Michael Dawson (knee), Allan McGregor (back), Alex Bruce (Achilles), Moses Odubajo, Greg Luer and Brian Lenihan (all knee) remaining unavailable for selection.

But recent loan signing Dieumerci Mbokani is available to make his debut for the Tigers, after arriving from Dinamo Kiev during the transfer window.

Wenger has doubts surrounding the fitness of Gabriel and Theo Walcott (both knee), but is still without Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Jenkinson (all knee).