Hull City 1-3 Arsenal
Having seen all our rivals win in the last 10 minutes, it was no surprise that despite starting later and the pressure being on Arsenal took all three points at the KC Stadium.
Arsenal overcame the early Hull pressure and then started to dominate the game. Nasri was industrious, Diaby and Denilson commanded the midfield, and Eboue made some good runs, but as always his final ball and execution leave a lot to be desired. Adebayor was playing with a zip; he was controlling the ball and causing the defenders all sorts of problems. Van Persie, was masterful as ever, twisting and turning, always creating. This was the best Arsenal display for some weeks.
Van Persie was unfortunate not to score from two well taken free-kicks, one deflected wide by a defender, whilst the second was tipped onto the bar by the keeper.
Arsenal’s pressure was building and a van Persie corner was met by Adebayor, whose header found the back of the net. Once again we scored when we stop taking short corners, maybe the penny has finally dropped and we will take normal corners that result in goals.
The second half had Hull come at us more and more; a mis-judgement by Clichy, not the first, led to the Hull goal. Rather than close the attacker, Clichy backed off and allowed him all the time in the world to cross the all for Cousins to score.
Arsenal’s response, for once was spot on. Attack after attack, and then van Persie found Nasri free, the little Frenchman hit the ball with his left foot to give Arsenal the lead. Soon after a one-two between Bendtner and van Persie led to the Dane scoring his third goal in as many games. It could have been 4-1, but Bendtner’s last minute header came back off the post.
Three points and sweet revenge for the earlier defeat by Hull. Arsenal maintain their hunt for a Champions League place and for a very outside chance of the title.