By Walter Broeckx
No fewer than 6 changes in the starting line up for Arsenal.
Giroud came in the place of Welbek and Iwobi also started in midfield with Flamini and Elneny. Chambers came in at right back.
On the bench experience and young Gunners. Monreal, Ramsey, Özil and Alexis but also Reine-Adelaide and Willock.
Starting team: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel , Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell, Giroud.
On the beach: Macey, Monreal, Ramsey, Reine-Adelaide, Willock, Ozil, Alexis.
Walcott scores within 3 minutes but is ruled offside. A correct decision. After 10 minutes Iwobi to Campbell but he curls his shot wide. Giroud with a good turn almost getting past his man but the defender can win the ball in the end.
Per then has a clash of head with a Hull striker and needs some treatment but can continue. And a bit later a Hull player also needs treatment when Giroud has a high foot that touches the nose of MacGuire. Giroud didn’t see him coming when he tried to control the ball. Lots of minutes lost with the treatments and the tempo out of the match. A free kick to Hull and the ball bounced around in the penalty area and Arsenal couldn’t really clear, a shot from distance and a great save from Ospina and then a few Hull players in offside position.
Elneny goes in the book for a pull foul. Mertesacker has to go off and Monreal enters the field. His head injury gives him to much discomfort. Monreal goes in the middle. Not really what you want in such a match making a substitution when a defender is injured.
Giroud in the book for a foul against a defender. No complaints there. He was too late. Ospina has to punch the ball away as Hull comes again from what looked an offside position. Arsenal has lost their fluency a bit with all what happened in the last minutes.
Campbell tries to play Chambers in on the overlap a Hull defender cuts the ball in front of his own goal right in front of the foot of Giroud who makes no mistake and finishes it off with his right foot underneath the keeper. GOAL! 0-1 To the Arsenal after 41 minutes.
Corner to Arsenal, short given to Gibbs who curls from outside the penalty area a great shot that is saved by the crossbar when the keeper beaten. Unlucky, it was well placed out of reach of the keeper. Free kick to Arsenal but the header goes wide but the Hull player was offside. Theo with a shot from distance that goes well wide was the last event in the first half. Arsenal go in the dressing room with a 0-1 advantage.
Diame goes in the book for planting his studs on the ankle of Monreal. Diame then almost away but Monreal and Gabriel quickly back. Maguire also in the book for stopping Theo from a promising attack. Walcott with the free kick that is headed out to Elneny whose volley is pushed over the crossbar by the Hull keeper. Gabriel signals to the bench that he is injured… Ramsey has to come on now. The second forced change in this match.
Chambers central in the defence now with Flamini at right back. And Ramsey in midfield. No real goal chances for either team in this part of the match. Hull then close when Ramsey heads a cross just wide of his own goal. Arsenal leaning back of being pushed back, not clear to see what just happening now. Gibbs with an important interception in midfield, to Walcott who goes to the left flank a cross to the middle and Giroud finishes it off with again a right footed shot. GOAL! 0-2 to Arsenal after 71 minutes.
Then Ramsey sits on the ground…. he feels something hard in his muscles… Adelaide comes on after 72 minutes. 3 changes and all because of injuries…. Adelaide with a nice move but the pass too long. Campbell then with an inch perfect pass to Theo and he calmly puts the ball past the Hull keeper. GOAL! 0-3 to the Arsenal after 77 minutes.
Giroud almost with his third but he slipped when turning and couldn’t put the needed force in to the shot. Campbell with a free kick but well wide. Iwobi with a hard shot but the keeper could parry. Iwobi sends Theo away son the right and his shot is deflected past the Hull keeper. GOAL 0-4 to The Arsenal after 88 minutes.
Huddlestone with a shot from distance but no problem for Ospina. Campbell goes down in the penalty area but Friend ignores it.
In the end a comfortable win for Arsenal but with 3 forced substitutions because of injuries is not what we wanted to happen. I think Per might be Ok for next weekend as it was mostly a head wound I think and hope.
Giroud scored two as did Theo so the scapegoats of the last weeks delivered this time and let us hope this will do their confidence good.