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Meyler: Arsenal parade plans can aid us

David Meyler feels that the fact Arsenal have already released details of their possible victory parade can play into the hands of Hull City ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Hull's David Meyler celebrates his goal against Liverpool.
David Meyler says Hull are enjoying their underdog status.

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The British media have been sent an itinerary detailing an open-top bus route that will take the Gunners players past the Emirates Stadium, through the streets of North London and up to the Islington town hall on Sunday, should they see off the Tigers.

Meyler feels the forward planning can act as a potential inspiration for his side, while he says Hull are relishing their role as underdogs heading into their first ever FA Cup final.

"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," he told Press Association Sport.

"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. 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.

"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 [the FA Cup] 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 Capital One 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."

Meanwhile, Meyler also reacted to suggestions that he is fortunate to be playing in the FA Cup final after escaping disciplinary action for his apparent stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj last week.

Interim United manager Ryan Giggs was highly critical of the midfielder's challenge, but Meyler insists the incident has been blown out of proportion.

"It was an accident because my right foot is in the air," he said. "It's clumsy and slow and sloppy because I'm tired and Januzaj is too quick for me, and he moves his leg too fast -- but there's nothing in it and that's why nothing came of it."


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