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David: The pressure is on Gunners


Hull City's David Meyler. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Hull City's David Meyler. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Hull City's David Meyler. Picture credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

DAVID MAYLER won't be lingering long on statistics which suggest that Hull City's FA Cup hopes against Arsenal are forlorn. Played two, lost two, goals scored none.

But this is Arsenal, the perennial last hurdle fallers and even a 5-0 aggregate score home and away against Hull this season guarantees nothing. It certainly won't be on Meyler's mind.

"No, they beat us 2-0 at the Emirates but it won't make any difference. You've got to look at it, it's 11 men against 11 men. It's a cup final, it's a once-off," he said.

"They might have big players but Wembley is a different occasion when you've 80,000 people screaming and shouting," he said.

"The pressure is on them for not winning a trophy for nine years. You think 'how can they deal with it? There might be a bit of cold feet,'" he added. "We've nothing to lose, we're underdogs, nobody expects us to win. It's a great opportunity for us and it could be a great day in the history of Hull City."

Doffing his cap to Roy Keane who brought him to Sunderland, Meyler is clearly more than appreciative of the role Steve Bruce has played in his development.

"I couldn't speak highly enough about him. I spoke about Roy giving me an opportunity. He (Bruce) gave me another opportunity to play in the Premier League. I've flourished under him and enjoyed it and he made me feel wanted," he said.

"He turned me into not only the player I am but he has probably carved me into being a better person overall. He's a fantastic manager. He has done a terrific job at Hull this year."

No surprise that the FA Cup final has everyone's attention at Hull but Meyler remains focused on the bread and butter too.

"Yeah, we've got four big games in the league and we want to finish as high as possible. It's not just about staying up. We set targets to finish 11th, 12th, and that's what we intend to do," he said.

"Fulham will be a tough game for us but we beat them 6-0 previously when we played them so we'll be looking to get another three points."