Welcome to live coverage from the Emirates Stadium in London as Arsenal welcome Hull City for Saturday's Premier League clash with a 12:30 CET kick-off.
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This game could be billed as two managers on respective sides of their careers. Marco Silva is in the middle of a burgeoning career following a move from Portugal while Arsene Wenger's into the deep, dark winter of his. They are two teams with conflicting objectives for the season with Hull keen on avoiding relegation and Arsenal, and their manager, adament that the Premier League title is not yet lost; based on recent form, however, it is hard to distinguish which is which.
Arsene Wenger's future at Arsenal might be in doubt but he is only concerned about the next result with Max Allegri from Juventus reportedly waiting in the wings to take over from the Frenchman in the summer. That noise will grow louder if a resurgent Hull City beat Arsenal on Saturday to make it three defeats in a row, ending Arsenal's title hopes and possible pushing them out of the top four. Despite sitting 12 points behind leader Chelsea, Wenger still believes the title race is alive and kicking, "It's never over - we cannot behave like that," he said.
Arsenal could be dealt a blow with the possible absence of Hector Bellerin after he suffered a blow to the head during Arsenal's loss against Chelsea but can count on Momhamed Elneny in midfield in the absence of Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey along with the banned Granit Xhaka, after he returned from the African Cup of Nations.
Marco Silva has helped stabilise a sinking Hull City since his appointment on January 5th of this year. He has overseen impressive victories over Liverpool and Bournemouth, along with a draw at Old Trafford. The only loss comes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - a team that are slaying all before them, so no shame in that. Highly-rated Lazar Markovic is in contention for a start but Silva is unlikely to change a winning side, while Michael Dawson and Abel Hernandez could miss out. Ahmed Elmohamady could also return as he came back from the African Cup of Nations during the week too following a successful spell with his home country, Egypt.
Arsenal v Hull City: Possible line-ups
Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.
Hull City XI:
Jakupovic, Elabdellaoui, Ranocchia, Maguire, Robertson, Huddlestone, N'Diaye, Grosicki, Goebel, Clucas, Mbokani