Arsenal continue to frustrate as manager Arsene Wenger looks to appease the restless Gunners legions.
The credibility of a 1-1 draw at Paris St-Germain in midweek was shielding what was essentially another misfiring performance.
Arsenal had David Ospina to thank for keeping them within touching distance of the French champions long enough for Alexis Sanchez to snare a point.
Prior to that, Wenger’s side were anything but convincing in edging out Southampton 2-1 at the Emirates with a stoppage time penalty from Santi Cazorla.
The best that we have seen from Arsenal this season came in a blistering 45-minute spell against Watford at Vicarage Road in August when they raced into a three-goal lead.
On that evidence, the visitors will overpower Hull and look to represent value at 10/17 to get three points.
But can Arsenal be relied upon to deliver a repeat?
Hull have been stubborn this season and have conceded only three times in five games. They showed their spirit in scoring late last week to get a point off Burnley.
In their previous game at the KCOM Stadium, Manchester United needed 90 minutes and more to make their decisive breakthrough.
Under Steve Bruce, Hull managed to earn a reputation as something of a thorn in Arsenal’s side. They almost pulled off an FA Cup final shock, losing in extra-time having led 2-0, and last season drew in the same competition at the Emirates.
Despite that, the Gunners have scored at least three goals in four of their last five visits to this venue.
Given what we know of Arsenal, this game is every bit as likely to be a stroll or a shock.
It has been a good start for Mike Phelan’s side but Arsenal have the ability to move them around and pick holes like few other teams.
The visitors can come through this exam with something to spare and at 6/4 in the handicap -1, Arsenal should be able to extend their good record on Humberside.
Sent off in Paris, Olivier Giroud scored a brace here as Arsenal won 4-0 on FA Cup duty in March. The French forward is 15/4 to make amends for his midweek indiscretion by scoring first at Hull.