Date: 20th February 2016 at 7:34am
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Arsenal will face Hull in the FA Cup for the third successive season when the two sides meet at the Emirates in the fifth round of the competition on Saturday.

The duo met in the final in 2014, where the Gunners recovered from going 2-0 down to win 3-2, while they were comfortable 2-0 winners in the third round last term, but the pair may have their eyes on different prizes ahead of this clash.

With a Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona to come on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger is expected to make a number of changes to his team.

Having won the prestigious trophy in the last two seasons, the North Londoners are bidding to become the only team to win it on three consecutive occasions, and they are currently on a 14-match winning run in one of the world’s most famous domestic cup competitions.

Meanwhile, Hull are the leaders in the Championship and have their eyes on an instant return to the Premier League after they suffered relegation last season.

The Tigers also have a busy week coming up, with a trip to eighth-placed Ipswich to come on Tuesday night, before they host fifth-placed Sheffield Wednesday on Friday.

Steve Bruce has admitted that he has those games at the forefront of his mind, and a number of first-team regulars could be rested for the trip to the capital, while Manchester United loanee Nick Powell will start.

However, City will make the journey south full of confidence, having won four of their previous five matches in all competitions on the road.

Team News:

Wenger is expected to rest the likes of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with David Ospina set to deputise for the former, while Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi should also be named in the starting line-up.

For the visitors, Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden are ineligible as part of their loan moves from the Gunners, while Adama Diomande is likely to replace Hull top goalscorer Abel Hernandez up top.

League Position: Arsenal – 3rd (Premier League – 51 pts) ; Hull – 1st (Championship – 60 pts)
Previous Meeting: Hull 1-3 Arsenal (May 4, 2015)
Form: Arsenal – DLWDWW ; Hull – WWWLWD
Key Men: Arsenal – Danny Welbeck; Hull – Adama Diomande
Shoot Says: Arsenal 2-0 Hull

 
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