Today’s trip to Hull is being billed as an opportunity to right one of the most unexpected losses in our recent history, a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates that caught everyone by surprise. That day, Hull bucked the trend by having a real go, and it paid off thanks in part to some poor set piece defending but also to some Brazilian magic.
More recently, their form has been poor, although a win at Newcastle in the cup this week shows they are still more than capable of pulling a performance out of the bag when they need one. That said, we’ve had a rest and that, combined with a recent upturn in form (unspectacular, granted, but seven games unbeaten is still progress) should see us leave with the three points.
Much has been written about the chance for revenge, but its not about that – Hull came to town and got what they deserved by playing football the right way, a point recognised by the fans who applauded them off the field at the end. No, this is more about the rehabilitation of our own side, and a chance to keep it touch with those around us, nothing more. We’ll save the revenge talk until we send Stoke down on the final day of the season.
Team news, and Alex Song may be fit, while Toure will continue in defence with Gallas and Silvestre out. Up front, Wenger may be hinting at giving Adebayor a rest, although the Daily Mail went predictably berserk on his comments, saying Adebayor had been ‘a let down’:
“He has not had the same form. At the moment, he is working very hard to come back to good form. He had dropped off a little bit, but that can happen sometimes.”
“What is important is that he works hard and contributes to the team – if he opens the way to goal for other players, for me it is the same.”
Hardly the same as labelling him a ‘let down’. Still, with Van Persie on fire and Vela having excellent cameos, a rest for the big man isn’t out of the question against a side who are big at the back. Realistically though, I can see Adebayor starting today and being given a break against Cardiff next weekend.
Either way, today should be simply about picking up three efficient points. Another scraped 1-0 would do absolutely fine, especially if Sunderland get something from Villa.
Enjoy the game, wherever you are.