Predicted Arsenal XI to play Hull City - Five changes?

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Match to be played on Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 19:45. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal have a chance to keep the pressure on their rivals on Wednesday night when they take on Hull City.

Hull are coming off a superb victory against Liverpool and are clearly not a side to underestimate, and Arsenal may have to park images of rattling up a huge scoreline in the way Manchester City have in home games in recent weeks.

Nonetheless with big games coming up against Everton, Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City, this fixture may the only opportunity Arsene Wenger gets to rotate some of his players.

We do not anticipate there being wholesale changes but do predict four. Here's how we see the Gunners lining up: 


Jenkinson   Koscielny  Mertesacker Monreal

                 Flamini  Ramsey

      Walcott      Ozil      Rosicky


- The first change we predict is Nacho Monreal coming info Kieran Gibbs, as he did in the Champions League to great effect last week. Monreal is keen for games and this is a great chance to keep Gibbs fresh, with many believing Monreal is as good as, if not a better option.

- Mathieu Flamini is likely to start this one in our opinion, after impressing of the bench in recent weeks. That leaves Ramsey or Arteta to miss out, but the Welshman is currently so indispensable we don't see Arsene Wenger leaving him out here, in a game Arsenal have to win to keep their momentum going. 

- After being on the cusp of a start for the past fortnight, this is the game Theo Walcott should feature from the kick-off. Jack Wilshere has played there of late, but he is one player Arsene Wenger knows can't play twice a week regularly, and this is the perfect chance to let him sit one out.

- Rosicky in for Cazorla. The Spaniard looked a little out of sorts against Cardiff, and we expect Wenger to take the chance to rest him. Tomas Rosicky is the perfect replacement and having been an unused substitute at the weekend will be raring to go.

Update: Bacary Sagna has been ruled out with a hamstring strain, and so Carl Jenkinson will come in a right-back.

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