Friday, 10 February 2017

Arsenal vs Hull - the facts

  • 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).
  • Since 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).
  • Sanchez 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.
  • The 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.
  • Olivier 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).
  • Arsenal 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 (100%).
  • Hull have failed to score in 11 of their 24 league games this season - more often than any other Premier League side.
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