Hull City will be out for revenge against Arsenal this weekend after the Gunners won the FA Cup final between these sides last season.
The midfield of each team is going to be the battle ground for some big battles, with two of the most important players on display being Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Hull’s Tom Huddlestone.
Wilshere will feel he has extra responsibility following an injury to teammate Mesut Ozil while Huddlestone has the obvious motivation of being an ex-Tottenham Hotspur player.
Huddlestone has a natural advantage in several areas because he’s played substantially more than Wilshere, who struggled to get into the Arsenal team at the start of the season.
Wilshere is naturally a more attacking player, which explains why he’s ahead in terms of goals and assists but there are areas where he gets close to Huddlestone despite having played less football.
There’s not a massive difference in terms of accurate passes based on the number of minutes played.
Wilshere has always been superb in terms of protecting possession in big games for Arsenal and this is no different. He’s also done well in terms of touches, which shows he’s finding ways to try and get into the game when Arsenal, and himself, are under pressure.
Conclusion: Wilshere will more than likely sit right in the middle of Arsenal’s team, urged to get forward and support the attack when he can. Huddlestone will sit deep and try to stop him with a strong tackling game. If Wilshere can get the better of him then Arsenal’s attack has enough to take this game away from Hull very quickly.