HULL CITY 1- ARSENAL 4: RAMPAGING GUNNERS GIVE HULL A ROASTING
Arsenal were terrific going forward in a game with plenty of Talking points. Hull City worked hard all- through, but were always living close to the edge once Jake Livermore was dismissed after 42 minutes for deliberate handball in the box.
If Arsenal were considered lucky last week, same couldn’t be said of this week. We dominated every area of the Pitch using nothing but our technical inter-plays and sharp movement. Chances were being created in numbers and it seemed only a matter of time. And so it prooved in the 17th min when Walcott’s ball across the box was not dealt with Leaving Iwobi the chance to side-foot home the first goal (in off Sanchez). Once in the lead, the gunners moved swiftly to press home their advantage. Ozil should have doubled the lead minutes later when another wicked cross from Walcott was also not dealt with after & after Iwobi’s effort was palmed away it fell kindly to the German who blazed the rebound skywards. The visitors still tried to keep their counter attacking tactic hit us with but it was evident they lacked the quality to cause any hurt.
One of the moments of the first half, was the sending off of Livermore. It came after yet more pressure from the right and resulted in a penalty. Sanchez stepped up to take the spot kick unusually from the customary taker Cazorla. And perhaps he shouldn’t have as he fluffed it with a weak effort.
The half was to finish without any further goals but even at 1-0 and with the ominous form of the visitors, it seemed the mountain to get back into this one was going to be a steep one for Hull city.
Arsenal were hungry for the 3 points and Coquelin Cazorla and Ozil ran the middle of the park with ruthlessness. pulling 10 man Hull in all directions resulting in Fatigue and resigntaion on the part of the hosts. However, this remains the EPL & stranger things have happened than a 10 man team resurgence- so Arsenal Fans did not need to be told that they needed that 2nd goal..it was a lovely one too when it arrived. Iwobi who is fast cementing his place in the side, made a darting run from the left and exchanged a sweet 1-2 with Walcott before the latter made it 2-0 Arsenal.
Hull gave their fans brief hope with a 79th-minute penalty scored by Robert Snodgrass that reduced the deficit to 2-1, after Cech clumsily brought down substitute striker Mbokani in the box. No panic, the visitors simply moved up through the gears again with two late goals from Sanchez and an absolute Belter from Granit Xhaka.
Having been written off again after shipping four goals at home to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season, the Gunners are back in familiar territory in the top four — and you would be a bold person to bet against them remaining there.
‘It was a committed performance. It can be different psychologically when you play against 10 men but we remained serious,’ said Wenger, whose side had drawn at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. ‘We had a big shock in our first game against Liverpool. I said afterwards that we faced a mental test. Overall we have responded very well.’
Hull manager had this to say: ‘Arsenal are very difficult to play against with 11 men let alone 10”. ‘We took the decision and we were still in the game but, after they scored a second, it became more difficult.
‘We did say at 2-1 that we had a slight opportunity to make Arsenal think a little bit, but four minutes later we gave a goal away. It’s a lesson to be learned — if you lose concentration at this level you get hurt.
So Arsenal came away with max points but if there was a concern in this team, for me its our Inability to keep clean sheets. Here we were against a limited team with numerical disadvantage, all we had to do is shut them out yet we gave them a route in with Substitute Mbokani allowed to race-in through our defence line causing Petr Cech to bring him down. Better teams in this division would definitely had exposed that bit of self destruction! So its on to Chelsea next week and that will be a cracker..
Cech———————7.5 was barely troubled and looked on holiday apart from the moment he brought Mbokani down.Needs to cut out the playing around with Strikers in the box with ball at his feet..
Monreal——————7.5 Decent shift and not overtly troubled
Bellerin——————7.5 not troubled and did his overlapping and tackling well enough
Koscielny/Mustafi———7.5 The partnership is still being watched but they did okay today..better than PSG on tuesday.
Coquelin ——————8 very good game by Mr yellow card He won tackles, balls and did all the dirty work in MF
Cazorla——————–7 Copped an Early yellow card deservedly for
a rash challenge and seemed to flirt with getting another one before Wenger yanked him off.
Ozil————————6 Still looks far from his best, had a quiet game. You know its a bad game when Arsenal score 4 goals and Ozil had no hand in any one of them
Walcott and Iwobi———-8 both had a fine outing.
Sanchez——————–8 was a handfull all game for The Hull defence. Scored a deflected effort . missed a penalty, and scored a brilliant goal. All in a day’s job