The most successful season in Hull City’s history could get even better
Few people could have predicted that Hull City would have such a fantastic season. City have exceeded most peoples’ expectations by securing their Premier League place for another season by reaching the 37-point mark and have their first ever FA Cup Final to look forward to.
May 2nd, 2014
But Steve Bruce and his team could make it an even more special if they can defeat Arsenal in the cup final. City are the underdogs, but as Wigan Athletic proved in last year’s final against Manchester City, an upset is always possible.
The Gunners were easy 3-0 winners at the KC Stadium a few weeks ago in the Premier League, but when the two teams come eye to eye at Wembley on May 17, Arsene Wenger’s men could feel the pressure of being the big favourites.
All the expectation will be on Arsenal and Wenger to succeed, whereas Bruce’s men will be relaxed in the knowledge that few people outside East Yorkshire will expect them to prevail.
Arsenal and Wenger haven’t won a trophy for nine years now and, if they don’t win the game, many fans will be calling for a change in manager.
Wenger has said that that he will sign a new contract at the end of the season, but failure to win a trophy will put pressure on the board to appoint a younger man.
The Gunners will be without Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and possibly Wilshere and have misfired on many occasions this season. The added expectancy of winning a trophy might just allow the Tigers to cause an upset.
Bruce will no doubt be playing psychological mind games in the lead up to the final and he will try to pile all the pressure on Arsenal. The prospect of delivering his first major trophy as a manager will also act as a major motivator.
Wigan pushed the Gunners to extra time and penalties in the semi-final and Bruce will have talked to his former employers about how to frustrate Wenger’s men.
This season has already proved to be the most successful in City’s 110-year history but a victory over Arsenal at Wembley on May 17 would put the icing on the cake.