Two months removed from the top of the Premier League table, tumbling Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger make their return to Hull City in hopes of gaining steam in a fifth-round FA Cup replay Tuesday at KC Stadium.
Arsenal missed an opportunity in the Premier League race with Leicester City now owning an eight-point lead after Arsenal and Tottenham drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Manager Arsene Wenger insisted the Premier League title is still attainable and Arsenal may still gain momentum if the two-time defending FA Cup champions can better their scoreless result against Hull last month.
"We will not give up the Premier League, we will fight until the end," Wenger said Monday. "Just to remind you, we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them. People have to look at other teams more, not just us on that front.
"The Premier League is far from being over."
Dropping two straight to Swansea and Manchester United, left the Gunners in a precarious position before meeting Spurs, but another draw to Hull would only worsen and prove supporters’ fears true.
The letdown to Tottenham also left Arsenal without midfielder Francis Coquelin, who was sent off for a bad tackle and thusly suspended, but that has opened the door for 19-year-old winger Alex Iwobi.
"We should have the same squad that went to Tottenham plus Iwobi certainly will be added to the squad," Wenger said.
However Wenger’s announcement also means center-back Laurent Koscielny will miss a second straight match after suffering a minor knock against the Swans. Wenger also revealed that keeper Petr Cech is still expected to miss the next month.
Hull, on other hand, are also looking to find their footing in the hopes of promotion back to Premier League. The Tigers are currently third on the Championship table after missing an opportunity of their own last weekend, falling 1-0 Birmingham and sit four points back of first-place Burnley.
Unlike Arsenal, Hull manager Steve Bruce will have a fully loaded and largely healthy squad to throw into the FA Cup mix. Bruce may even start 33-year-old midfielder Shaun Maloney and midfielder Nick Powell as the Tigers try to jump out to an early lead against reeling Arsenal.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
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Prediction: Arsenal over Hull City, 2-1