Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth round replay at Hull City is a massive game for the club this season.
The Gunners have endured a terrible couple of weeks and back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City, followed by a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, have left them eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester City.
A 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League clash has also dumped more misery on the English giants and their season is on the verge of derailing.
The league title is slipping way, an exit from Europe’s top tournament is more than likely and the only realistic chance of picking up silverware is in the FA Cup – a competition they successfully defended last year.
Arsenal could only draw 0-0 with Hull at the Emirates on February 20 and they face a tough challenge to overhaul the Championship side, who are pushing for automatic promotion from the Championship, at the KC Stadium.
Wenger is in desperate need of a victory as doubts over his future continue to grow and the Frenchman insists his players will do everything they can to advance into the quarter-final.
“It is always the most important game of our life because it is treated like that by everybody else,” he said. “That’s the way we treat it. It’s the most important game of the season for us because it’s the next one.”
The Gunners will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is facing four weeks out, for the clash and that will mean Colombia international David Ospina will continue to deputise after a strong showing in the draw at White Hart Lane last time out.
Arsenal have not lost to Hull since September 2008 and punters may decide to use their free bet on Tuesday’s visitors extending their unbeaten record against the Tigers to 12 games.