IT’S been a strange season in England – Liverpool competed for the title and Arsenal have a chance of winning a trophy.
The Gunners haven’t tasted success since 2005 but consistent Champions League qualification has allowed Arsene Wenger to keep his job.
That’s all well and good but fans want silverware and they should be rewarded for their patience tonight with a win against Hull.
Last season’s Wembley final produced a massive shock with Wigan beating Man City but I can’t see a repeat. Arsenal are a best 2-7 at William Hill to lift the trophy and everything points to the favourites winning. They are in good form, finishing the season with five wins and have no injury problems.
They’ve beaten Hull twice this season – both to nil – and have come through tough ties against Spurs, Liverpool and Everton. And more importantly when the pressure was really on they got the job done against Wigan in the semi-final on penalties when not at their best.
Steve Bruce’s Hull are a biggest 16-5 at Betway to get the job done but they’ve struggled since reaching the Final with one against Sunderland although their safety was pretty much assured weeks ago.
It’s Hull’s first final but on the way the only top-flight team they beat was again Sunderland and in the Premier League they’ve won just two out of 20 against teams in the top half.
So it’s Arsenal for me and I’m taking them at 1-2 with bet365 and Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes while a win to nil is has a chance at 8-7 with 888sport and remember Hull strike stars Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are cup-tied.
Without those two Bruce could be tempted to park the bus so a 1-0 or 2-0 Gunners win is a possibility. Under 2.5 goals pays 10-11 at Coral.
The obvious choice for first scorer is Arsenal’s leading marksman Olivier Giroud at 7-2 with Paddy Power but another to consider is Aaron Ramsey.
The Welsh midfielder hit 15 goals before being injured at Christmas and returned by netting at Hull. To score first he is 7-1 at Ladbrokes.
Ramsay to score first
Under 2.5 goals
Arsenal win to nil