By Walter Broeckx
One change in the team compared to our last match. Gibbs starting at left back and Monreal dropped to the bench Bellerin had recoverd from his concussion and could start again.
On the bench we had Elneny back after his trip to the Africa Cup. Also Welbeck, Lucas and Giroud on the bench.
Team at the start : Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis
On the beach: Ospina, Gabriel, Monreal, Elneny, Lucas, Welbeck, Giroud
Arsenal with good start after an attack from Iwobi but Arsenal can’t finish the shooting chances. A corner but Coquelin shoots wide. Özil intercepts a pass gives it to Iwobi but his return pass is not good enough and no real shooting angle. Alexis the almost away but under pressure from two defenders his shot is too close to the keeper. Hull then with a counter but the low cross can’t find a Niassé in the middle who was unmarked. A cross from Hull finds Niassé but Cech with a good stop to save for a corner. Just before the end of the first 15 minutes Bellerin with a good shooting chance after a one two with Walcott and then in the same minute Alexis his effort licked the goalpost but at the wrong side. 0-0 after 15 minutes.
Alexis with a cross to Özil but his shot went over. Walcott with a long ball to Alexis who managed to win it between two Hull players but only a corner as a result. Huddlestone with an arm against the back of the head of Walcott and he gets an explanation of the laws. No need to explain the laws to players, ref. Cards is the language they understand. 0-0 after half an hour.
A cross from Gibbs finds Walcott but his shot is smothered by two Hull players and is then cleared. There was a hand in the blocking but no penalty as his hand was before his private parts. Arsenal keep on attacking and a cross finds Gibbs whose shot is cleared on the line. Alexis shoots the rebound against the keeper and the ball rebounds again against Alexis his hand and goes in. As the Koscielny goal in Burnley this cannot be seen as de deliberate handball and the ref gives the goal. GOAL 1-0 to The Arsenal after 35 minutes.
Arsenal now not so attacking more and so we get a bit more even match with lots of midfield play. With no real chances for both sides. A few fouls but no cards and a last free kick from Arsenal is cleared and the ref blows for halftime. Arsenal lead 1-0 after 45 minutes.
The Ox with a first shot from distance in the opening seconds but attention goes to Ndiaye who puts his foot just above the knee of Coquelin who was winning a tackle and is in pain. But he comes back on the field after some treatment but not running in a comfortable way. Iwobi in a promising position but his pass was wrong and then Hull can counter but Niassé his shot is palmed away by Cech at the expense of a corner. The Ox being fouled but the ref lets it all go and can give it to Walcott who is wrestled off the ball and unhappy with the non decision of the ref and throws the ball away and gets a yellow card for dissent. Gibbs fouls a Hull player as the last defender but Clattenburg only gives a yellow card.
Arsenal clears the free kick but the pass from Bellerin finds no teammate. Koscielny then clearly fouled but no yellow card this time. Too much haste in the game from Arsenal at the moment which leads to some bad passing. Iwobi with a curing shot that goes over after a one two with Özil. Stil 1-0 after 60 minutes.
The Ox with a great run but again the final pass from Alexis is straight at a Hull defender and the chance is gone. Walcott then at the end of a good pass from Alexis but his left footed shot is straight at the keeper. Walcott goes off after 68 minutes and Elneny comes on. The Ox probably moving forward a bit now. Anocchia steps on the foot of Alexis and gets a yellow card. Alexis then fouled again by Elmhomady this time but no card for another nasty kick on the ankle from behind. Still 1-0 after 75 minutes.
Alexis goes down and there is contact but Clattenburg gives a dive and a yellow card against Alexis. Cech with a good stop on a header but not that difficult. Hull going forward now and Arsenal on the back foot. Hull head a corner just wide at the near post. Clattenburg giving everything against Arsenal now.
After 82 minutes Lucas and Welbeck come on for Iwobi and The Ox who had a good match in midfield but disappeared a bit when put on the flank. Hull get a few free kicks but Arsenal can clear them. Alexis finds Özil but his touch is too heavy and the chance is lost. A corner for Hull is headed over. Özil tries to backheel to Alexis but he can’t find him. Clattenburg keeps on punishing each time an Arsenal player comes near a Hull player.
Arsenal finally counter and Özil sends Alexis away, his cross finds Lucas who heads to the empty goal and Clucas stops the effort with his arms. He moved his arm towards the ball so it was a foul. Penalty for Arsenal and a red card for Glucas. The assistant also raising the flag for the handball. A Hull player is down injured so takes a while before the penalty is taken. Alexis will take it. And scores! GOAL!!! 2-0 to The Arsenal after 92 minutes.
The keeper anticipating a panenka but Alexis just kept the ball low. Arsenal beat Hull and needed a lot of blood and sweat to win the match. A deserved win and if Arsenal had been a bit better in finishing the chances in the first half could have been a bit more comfortable but after losing two matches a win is a win. Any win will do.