Arsenal have won seven of their last
eight Premier League meetings with Hull (D1) since losing their first
such game against the Tigers in September 2008 (1-2 at the Emirates).
that 2-1 victory, Hull are winless in 13 games against the Gunners in
all competitions, losing 11 (D2) including the 2014 FA Cup Final.
Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in six goals in three Premier League appearances against Hull City (five goals, one assist).
is one of three Arsenal players to average 2+ goal involvements per
game in the Premier League against a particular opponent (minimum of
three appearances against them) – Ian Wright against Ipswich (eight
goals and three assists in five games) and Lukas Podolski against West
Ham (four goals and four assists in four games).
This will be
Marco Silva’s fourth meeting with one of the top six in the Premier
League (Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool previously) in his first five
Premier League games as Hull manager. Of those previous three, he’s lost
only one (0-2 at Chelsea), drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford and then beating
Liverpool at the KCOM in the last match.
Marco Silva won on his
only previous visit to the Emirates – 3-2 with Olympiakos in the
Champions League last season. He’s the only manager to lead a Greek side
to victory away on English soil in the Champions League/European Cup.
Tigers have kept two clean sheets in as many games in February, as many
as they’d kept in their previous 26 Premier League games combined. Hull
haven’t kept three in a row in the top-flight since October 2008.
Giroud came off the bench to score in Arsenal’s last game against
Chelsea, taking his substitute goal tally to four in the Premier League
this season (level with Man City’s Nolito). No Arsenal player has ever
scored more than four substitute goals in a Premier League season (Kanu
in 1999-2000 and Emmanuel Adebayor in 2007-08 also scored four).
have won 15 of their last 17 Premier League games at the Emirates
against newly promoted clubs (D2) since losing 1-0 to Newcastle in
November 2010 – indeed, one of only three clubs to beat the Gunners at
the Emirates were Hull City in September 2008.
Arsenal have won
41% of the games Francis Coquelin has started in all competitions this
season (9/22) – without him in the starting XI, they have won all 13
Hull have failed to score in 11 of their 24 league games this season - more often than any other Premier League side.