Maybe it is just me but it feels like more than just a week since we last played, perhaps that is because I am erasing everything Chelsea from my mind. I didn't touch match of the day yesterday and do not intend to either. Because you know it's all kinda 'boring' isn't it?
Anyway let me get back to what is actually important. This weekend has been a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to the results of our rivals for the remaining two important league positions. Because it is 2nd and 3rd which are the important places at this stage given that we are all but safe in the Champions League places.
Before the weekend you would have assumed that Manchester United were guaranteed three points while their neighbours would be the team under threat to drop yet more points but as we know football is anything but predictable.
Robin van Persie missed a penalty and Manchester United slumped to a home loss to West Brom while Tottenham did what Tottenham do and fail to help us out. It means that Arsenal can afford one loss in the remaining five matches if all the others are victories for us to secure second place in the table.
Our opponents this evening are also counting the points at those around them but at the opposite end of the table. Last weeks victory against Liverpool has given them a little bit of breathing space but I don't expect that to make a difference to their approach tonight. They are still only a point above Sunderland who occupy 18th. I wouldn't let the league position fool you at this stage. They produced a very good performance against Chelsea a few weeks back and will have taken confidence from beating Liverpool.
Needless to say though, if we find our best form then we will have too much for Hull. The slight concern is that in our last two games we've dropped off a little. In our last three games we've only scored 3 goals and two of those were against a Championship side. That being said, I thought we looked pretty sharp against Chelsea in the first half even if we were not able to find a way through.
At this stage it doesn't seem as if we will see a great deal of changes, the run in is all about momentum and stability but I wonder if Arsène will continue to use Aaron Ramsey wide on the right. I thought he performed pretty well against Chelsea, he just did not provide us with the outlet that a more natural wide player would. But once more you'd have to drop a player who is in good form and important to the team. I just don't see that happening right about now.
Perhaps if Oxlade-Chamberlain was match fit then he'd have a chance but he isn't ready to start after injury. It's just struck me how I don't even consider Theo Walcott as a possibility these days. Amazing when you think about it. We have been used to Theo being straight in the starting 11 when fit but that just isn't the case anymore. Now I've said that, watch him start tonight.
Mean Lean's Predicted Line Up:
As much as we could do with another offensive outlet in the team against a side like Hull City, I just don't see how Santi or Ramsey get dropped down to the bench, so it will be interesting to see what happens in that regard. With only a handful of games left until the big one at Wembley it is important that a) we continue our winning run and b) we get back some of our sparkle so a good performance and result would come at the right time today.
It wouldn't surprise me if this was a very tricky fixture though, we may have to stay resolute before we can force our game on them. Let's hope we can come back with the three points regardless of how that is achieved.