Arsenal v Hull City: Kieran Gibbs out to end trophy drought

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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has insisted the squad is determined to bring an end to a nine-year trophy drought when they face Hull in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Gibbs is a product of the Arsenal academy, joining the club in 2004 and eventually being promoted to the senior squad in 2007.

During his time with the north London outfit they have failed to claim any silverware, despite coming close on a couple of occasions.

The England international believes that the current crop of Gunners players is the most well-equipped he can remember for some time and hopes that they can finally go all the way.

Gibbs said: “Me, how I feel when I’m out on the pitch, I feel this is the best team I have played in for a long time.

“I just feel the team has got a good balance and there is a strong desire in the team to want to win every game and everyday coming in training everything is 100 per cent.”

Arsenal head into the game as overwhelming favourites to claim the victory and Gibbs hopes that he will get the chance to start after enjoying his most consistent season in the side.

He added: “This has been my best season numbers-wise and stats-wise.

“I had a bit of a dip at the start of the year but managed to finish off strongly and now I’m looking forward to the Cup final and to next season.”

Arsenal are 1.83 favourites in the handicap betting (-1) to triumph on Saturday, with Hull (+1) on offer at 2.09, although it is worth remembering that Arsene Wenger’s men needed a penalty shoot-out to get past Championship side Wigan in the semi-finals.

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