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CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

Only a few days after defeating Liverpool, Hull City will again find themselves thrown to the wolves, this time facing an Arsenal side currently atop the Premier League table after taking 31 of a possible 39 points on the season. 

Can the newly promoted side make it two shockers in a row and upset the table leaders? Or will the Gunners continue their strong start in a vital match for the club, as they face Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea in their next three matches.

In other words, earning all three points will be vital for Arsenal. But as Hull City proved this weekend, taking them won't be easy.

 

When: Wednesday, December 4, at 2:45 p.m. ET/7:45 p.m. GMT

Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England

Watch: NBC Sports Live Extra

Match Forecast: Arsenal (65.8 percent), Hull City (13 percent) and draw (21.2 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

Key Storylines

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Olympique de Marseille at Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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According to WhoScored.com, Arsenal have two of the four best players in the Premier League, as Aaron Ramsey comes in at No. 2 on the average match ratings (8.08) and Olivier Giroud isn't far behind at No. 4 (7.75).

Add in the brilliance of Mesut Ozil and the rejuvenation of keeper Wojciech Szczesny, and it isn't hard to see why Arsenal sit atop the table this season. 

Of course, injuries have been a concern for Arsenal all season, and Bacary Sagna will miss the match against Hull, with Carl Jenkinson replacing him, per Kevin Palmer of ESPN FC. Still, with Lukas Podolski set to return to training this week, the Gunners continue to get healthier.

It will make rotating the squad in coming weeks all the more important and makes the match against Hull a good opportunity to get Theo Walcott the start (either at the right wing or at striker to give Giroud a break) or give forgotten-about Thomas Vermaelen a match.

Meanwhile, Hull City stunned Liverpool last weekend 3-1, but the headlines around the club continue to be in regard to some of the club's fans rejecting owner Assem Allam's proposed name change. From ESPN:

Hull owner Assem Allam has told fans that sing "City 'till we die" in protest against his proposal to change the club's name can "die as soon as they want".

Allam, who took over in 2010, oversaw the club's rise to the Premier League last season but has infuriated fans with his decision to rebrand the club Hull Tigers.

A number of supporters protested during the game against Crystal Palace last week by unfurling a banner which read "We are Hull City".

A campaign group called City Till We Die has also been set up and it has called on Allam to launch a consultation with all the fans regarding the proposed change.

They can call themselves Hull City, Hull Tigers or anything else they like—against Arsenal, the rest of us will be calling them "the underdogs" on Wednesday.

 

Prediction

Arsenal have generally beaten the teams they were expected to beat this season—with the exception of a 3-1 opening-day loss at home to Aston Villa and a 1-1 draw at West Brom—so they'll be expected to earn all three points in this contest.

While Hull City's win over Liverpool will embolden them, the Gunners are a stronger side than the Reds and are at home. Look for Arsenal to handle their business on Wednesday.

Arsenal wins 2-0.

 

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