Dec 5 2013
On a mid-week late night start Arsenal provided just enough attack & finishing to give themselves 3 points as they beat Hull City 2-0. Nicklas Bendtner’s first Arsenal goal since March 2011 helped the Gunners beat Hull to keep their four-point lead at the Premier League summit. The Danish striker headed in Carl Jenkinson’s cross after two minutes to set up a dominant display with Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor kept busy. Arsenal couldn’t maintain the relentless attack for long and things calmed down enough for Hull to start mounting their own attack. But Arsenal were unlucky to not go 2-0 heading into the break. Infact they should have rightly scored a couple of more goals with all the close chances they came up with.
The second half started much in the same was as the first as Arsenal came out all guns ablaze and attacked the Hull goal without intent. Mesut Ozil stroked in from Aaron Ramsey’s deft pass to make it 2-0 after 47 minutes. Jake Livermore had a rare Hull shot but fired straight at Wojciech Szczesny. Hull boss Steve Bruce said just before kick-off that “it might have been foolish” to play with two strikers in attempt to earn a result, having secured a surprise win against Liverpool on Sunday. But his side could probably have played with 12 players and still struggled to contain Arsenal’s precision passing and clever movement as Ozil, Ramsey and Santi Cazorla weaved all sorts of patterns in midfield to secure a sixth victory in seven Premier League games. Arsenal remain at the top of the league with a four point gap over Chelsea.
Importantly for Arsenal this is the 4th clean sheet in a row. Arsenal now face games against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea before Christmas where their title credentials will be rigorously tested.