Tigers Tamed: Arsenal 2 – 0 Hull City – Report & Player Ratings

Final Score
Arsenal 2 – 0 Hull City

After dealing with Cardiff in Wales, The Gunners welcomed Hull City to the Emirates Stadium. The Tigers were full of confidence following their win over Liverpool, and were looking to make life difficult for Arsenal.[quote_right]”The Gunners’ dream start came via an unlikely source…”[/quote_right]

The Gunners’ dream start came via an unlikely source.

Some impressive build up play in the second minute allowed Carl Jenkinson to whip in a great ball from the right. The cross found Nicklas Bendtner. Yes, you read that correctly. The Dane simply got his head to the ball from six yards out, sending it into the back of the net.

Unfortunately, the rest of the half was a stark contrast to the opening few minutes.

Despite their bright start, Arsenal couldn’t pry open Hull’s sturdy defence. Ozil, Cazorla and Rosicky in particular were working tirelessly to get in behind the back four, but as the clock ticked, the half-chances cropped up fewer and further between.

Bendtner came close to doubling his tally once or twice,whilst Ramsey had a superb long shot saved. It was high tempo stuff from Arsenal right up until the half time whistle, but the goals just weren’t flowing.

Hull started the second half with some purpose, holding on to the ball and stringing a few passes together. Fortunately though, it didn’t last long at all.[quote_left]”It was an efficiently professional win, and a win which saw The Gunners keep their position at the top of the Premier League.”[/quote_left]

In the forty-seventh minute, Aaron Ramsey and Ozil linked up well on the edge of the box. Ozil’s eventual run was brilliantly found by Ramsey inside Hull’s box. Ozil then cooly tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Easy stuff.

The rest of the game was much like the first half. Arsenal had yet again scored early on, and then immediately took their foot off the gas.

The Gunners didn’t really need to do much else. Hull seemed resigned to defeat, barely touching the ball in Arsenal’s half of the pitch following Ozil’s goal.

Arsenal continued to dominate up until the final whistle. It was an efficiently professional win, and a win which saw The Gunners keep their position at the top of the Premier League.

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[title]Arsenal Player Ratings[/title]

Szczesney: [6.5/10]
Hardly touched the ball all game, but nearly put his foot in it towards the end of the game with a cocky clearance.

Jenkinson: [7.5/10]
Carl put in a number of good crosses, including his assist for Bendtner in the second minute. He was up and down the right flank all night long.

Mertesacker: [7/10]
Per made himself useful from set pieces, winning headers and flick ons at the front post. Defensively he was sound, with not a lot to worry about.

Koscielny: [7/10]
Laurent was comfortable at the back thanks to Hull’s lack of ambition up top. Although, Koscielny used his pace on one or two occasions to clear up any danger in front of Szczesney.

Monreal: [7.5/10]
Another impressive display from Nacho. He drove into Hull’s box a few times, linked up well with midfield, and also did well defensively. Won his fair share of aerial battles too.

Ramsey: [8/10]
Aaron yet again worked his socks off, and very nearly got himself another goal to show for it, was it not for a good save. Nevertheless, he still managed to grab a beautiful assist for Ozil’s slotted finish.

Flamini: [7/10]
No problems for Mathieu today. He sat in front of the back four, kept his discipline, and enjoyed a smooth sailing game.

Cazorla: [7.5/10]
Santi was more lively today, which was good to see. He linked up with Ozil well, made good runs on and off the ball, and let off a few shots too.

Rosicky: [7.5/10]
Tomas was his usual perky self, chasing the ball down, hassling Hull’s defenders, and helping Arsenal to keep up a good rhythm in the final third.

Ozil: [8.5/10]– MOTM
Mesut turned up today. His touch was class, his passing was epic at times, and his lovely finish to grab another goal was great to see. By far the stand-out player tonight.

Bendtner: [7/10]
Nick was actually half decent. He did well to win his header for the goal, and also won a few more later on in the game. His touch was hot and cold, and he should have really grabbed a second after Ozil’s shot was saved, but still, not bad.

Subs:

Wilshere: [7/10]
Came on and injected some energy back into the side with his runs. Tried to lob in a few crosses and thread a few passes, but nothing really materialised.

Walcott: [7/10]
Still clearly lacking match practise, but it was nice to see Theo get a few minutes in his favoured striker position. Made one or two decent runs.

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[title]Tigers Tamed[/title]

Arsenal managed to tame the Tigers today, but perhaps most importantly, they did so without exerting too much energy.

Olivier Giroud got a total rest, whilst Aaron Ramsey didn’t have to play a full ninety minutes. On top of that, Walcott and Wilshere were only thrown on for the final twenty. The strength of our squad is certainly beginning to show, and with some tough fixtures coming up,we really needed to conserve our energy.

Hull never really turned up, and it was just a professional job in the end from The Gunners. That’s becoming a bit of a habit for Arsenal – and long may it continue.

Next up, Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates. Tough.

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