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Hull star Meyler relishes underdog status ahead of FA Cup final against Arsenal

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By James McLean

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Hull midfielder David Meyler hopes to ruin Arsenal’s plans for a post-FA Cup Final celebration when the two sides face off at Wembley on Sunday, according to Sky Sports.

David Meyler

Traffic notices in north London show that Arsenal are expecting to be showing the FA Cup off in an open-top bus tour on Monday, and Meyler believes that this gives the Tigers an extra incentive to prolong Arsenal’s nine year wait for a trophy.

The former Sunderland midfielder also added that he would much rather be going into the game as underdogs rather than heavily fancied favourites.

He said: “Nobody expects us to win it and obviously they haven't won a trophy in nine years and they've got their posters up in London about their parade next week and credit to them. I'd rather be the underdog. People are delighted when the underdog wins - I don't think many people want Arsenal to win.

“The pressure is all on them to win it.”

Meyler says that Hull have battled against adversity in recent seasons, defying odds when many had them pegged as a side going nowhere, and it is this motivation he believes will serve Steve Bruce’s men well at the weekend.

He continued: “We have not been given a chance in the last two years - we were not favourites to go up last year and we were favourites to go down this year. But being the underdog isn't the worst thing in the world and we've just got to use it to our advantage. Nobody expected Wigan to win it last year but they made it difficult for Manchester City the whole game and they deserved to win it.

“It gives great hope for all of us, and you can also look at Sunderland and the teams they beat in the League Cup. It just shows it is 11 against 11 and if you want it more than the fellows you are up against then you can win.”

Arsenal last won the FA Cup in 2005 when they beat Newcastle in the final, whereas Hull had not reached the semi-final stages of the tournament since 1930 prior to this year’s cup run. A win would arguably provide the Humberside outfit with their biggest honour in football to date – at present the highest competition they have won was the third tier of English football, where they were crowned champions in 1965-66. However, they did win the Championship playoffs in 2008.

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