Arsenal v Hull City (2013-14)
Arsenal v Hull City 2013-14
EventPremier League 2013-14
Date4 December 2013
VenueEmirates Stadium, London
RefereeAndre Marriner

Arsenal v Hull was a match which took place at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday 4 December 2013.

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. 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. Play media

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. With questions being raised about Arsenal's ability to maintain their title challenge, having last won the Premier League title 10 seasons ago and with Bendtner as the only back-up for first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, the 25-year-old's early goal signified another piece of the jigsaw falling into place.

Arsenal now face games against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea before Christmas where their title credentials will be rigorously tested. So it was understandable that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger shuffled the pack, deciding to rest Giroud, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere among five changes to the side. Bendtner, who has had a woeful period at the club after loan spells at Juventus last term and Sunderland the previous season, made his first Premier League start for Arsenal since 5 March 2011.

But he wasted little time in making his mark by heading in Jenkinson's precise cross after a sweeping Gunners move down their right. Not so Tigerish Hull have won only one of their last 31 Premier League away games (W1, D7, L23) - 10 points from a possible 93.

That led to a sustained period of pressure from the hosts with Hull barely able to get out of their own half. There appeared little chance of the Tigers repeating their 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium in 2008.

In that time, Bendtner could have had another goal but was let down by a poor touch after McGregor has spilled Ozil's shot. Laurent Koscielny, Cazorla and Ozil also went close before half-time with McGregor saving superbly to deny Ramsey.

It took 15 minutes for the visitors to have any sort of sustained possession in Arsenal's half and Danny Graham's header was their first effort on target after half an hour, the only surprise at the break was that it was only 1-0. Play media

Arsenal began the second half as they did the first and doubled their lead after 47 minutes. Despite suggestions the ball had gone out of play in the build-up, Nacho Monreal appeared to keep the ball in, fed Ramsey and the Welshman's delightful pass found Ozil for the German's fourth goal of the season.

Ramsey and Bendtner could have added a third, and although Hull improved in the final third of the match, the contest was played at an intensity that suggested it was already won.



4 December 2013
Arsenal FC Arsenal 2 – 0 Hull City Hull City AFC Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,017
Referee: Andre Marriner
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Özil Soccerball 47'
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Hull City
1 Wojciech Szczęsny
25 Carl Jenkinson
17Per Mertesacker
20Laurent Koscielny
4 Nacho Monreal
6 Mathieu Flamini
7Tomas Rosicky Sub off 73'
16Aaron Ramsey Sub off 80'
23Nicklas Bendtner Sub off 73'
11Mesut Özil
19Santi Cazorla
5Thomas Vermaelen
8Mikel Arteta Sub on 80'
10Jack Wilshere Sub on 73'
12Olivier Giroud
14Theo Walcott Sub on 73'
21Lukasz Fabianski
28Kieran Gibbs
Arsene Wenger
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Hull City:
1 Allan McGregor
27Ahmed Elmohamady
11 Robbie Brady Sub off 58'
3 Maynor Figueroa
4 Alex Bruce
5James Chester
14Jake Livermore
8 Tom Huddlestone
9Danny Graham Sub off 58'
20 Yannick Sagbo Sub off 73'
7 David Meyler
2Liam Rosenior Sub on 58'
10Robert Koren
12Matty Fryatt
17George Boyd Sub on 58'
18Nagy Sub on 73'
22Steve Harper
23Abdoulaye Faye
Steve Bruce

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Premier League 2013-14

Arsenal · Aston Villa · Cardiff City · Chelsea · Crystal Palace · Everton · Fulham · Hull City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Newcastle United · Norwich City · Southampton · Stoke City · Sunderland · Swansea City · Tottenham Hotspur · West Bromwich Albion · West Ham United

Premier League match days 2013-14

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