Free-flowing Gunners should successfully gun down the Tigers.
There have been a few FA Cup Final shocks down the years. Wigan, for example, beat Manchester City last year and they almost did the same to Arsenal in the semi-finals of this year’s competition, only going out on penalties.
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Arsene Wenger admitted he was a relieved man following the shoot-out. His team had been forced to come from behind in normal time and their path to the final hasn’t been an easy one but, now they are back at Wembley, most people expect the Gunners to finally end their long wait for silverware against Hull City.
Arsenal have already knocked out Spurs’ Liverpool and Everton so no-one can say that they don’t deserve their place in the final. It’s nine years since they last lifted a trophy, beating Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium.
Gooners have certainly had to be patient and won’t be taking anything for granted having lost to underdogs Birmingham City in their last Wembley final. But it’s difficult to see them not beating the Tigers again having completed the double over Steve Bruce’s side in the Premier League this season.
In addition to having to overturn the form book City, playing in their first FA Cup Final, can’t call upon leading strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long – both are cup-tied. Arsenal could be missing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but, apart from long-term absentee Theo Walcott, should otherwise have a full-strength squad to choose from and they really should win this final in a canter.
Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt are likely to lead the Tigers’ attack and goalkeeper Allan McGregor could make a surprise return from injury but defender James Chester is struggling and it’s difficult to see the Humbersiders seeing much of the ball in what may turn out to be one of the most one-sided Wembley finals in recent years.
Hull have only played one Premier League team en route to the final, a distracted Sunderland, and were made to fight hard to see off League 1 Sheffield United in the semi-finals – they’ll find the Londoners a far different prospect.
City lost six of their last eight matches in the league campaign, including a 3-0 reverse to Arsenal at the KC, and only managed one win and confidence may have suffered. It’s possible their cup run has been a distraction but they just don’t look to have enough to trouble the Gunners greatly or keep their fluid midfield and strikers at arm’s length.
In the FA Cup Final match betting, Arsenal look a snip at 13/10 conceding a goal start on the handicap. It is 3/1 that the Londoners win by a two-goal margin and the same odds that there is a total of exactly three goals. That has been the case in the last five meetings between the sides, all won by Arsenal.
The match kicks off at 5pm in Wembley tomorrow in what promises to be a great day out for both sets of supporters.