By Nick Teale

Last season Hull City came to Emirates Stadium and inflicted a shock 2-1 defeat on Arsenal.

The result was a highlight of a fine run of form in which the Tigers collected 20 points from their opening nine Premier League games of the campaign.

This term they've struggled on the road, collecting just two points from their eight games so far. To get a view from the KC Stadium, Arsenal.com spoke to Nick Wood of the Hull Daily Mail.

FOCUS - THE STORY SO FAR

THE STORY SO FAR
"They're not unduly worried because although they haven't done well away, their home record this season is actually better than it was last season. They've already got more points at home than they did in the entire season last term. They made such an unbelievable start last term that I think everybody thought they were going to push on in the end. If they had been told at the start of last season that they were going to avoid relegation then that would have been fine. But given the start, the second half of last season was disappointing." 

FOCUS - THE MAN IN CHARGE

THE MAN IN CHARGE
"Phil Brown was under pressure a few weeks ago. Adam Pearson came in as the new chairman so Brown lost a good mate in Paul Duffen as chairman and since then Pearson hasn't actually given the manager his long-term backing. He's judging things week-by-week and Brown seems to have weathered the storm. They’ve got a decent home record but away they've not been getting the results they want they might be looking to Bolton away over Christmas to get three points. It's those games they need to be winning and if they continue to do that I think he'll be OK. The immediate pressure seems to have eased a little bit now."

FOCUS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN

CAUSE FOR CONCERN
"Stephen Hunt was a good signing initially; he started out with a goal at Chelsea on the first day. But he has fallen back a little bit recently and Hull have had a few problems going forward. In defence they've got Anthony Gardner fit again and that's compensated for Michael Turner going to Sunderland in the summer. Going forward they are lacking punch and Brown doesn't help himself in that regard by playing just one up front generally."

FOCUS - TALKING TACTICS

TALKING TACTICS
"I think they'll try and soak up pressure and if possible hit the Gunners on the break. I think they will pack the midfield with three sitting players and two wide men pushing on. Hunt will probably start on the left and Craig Fagan on the right with the one target man up front, which is what they've been playing more or less all season."

FOCUS - IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL

IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"Last season's win at Emirates Stadium was probably the game that announced Hull to the Premier League, it made everybody stand up and notice them. I think this season the fans would be delighted with a 0-0 draw."

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