Hull City 1-3 Arsenal: Match Analysis + Stats

Two goals in four minutes gave Arsenal the win in a day where all the top teams left it late to win. The Gunners were on top but will been disappointed to have let Hull City back into the game in the second half.
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Hull’s gameplan involved good organisation from the midfield in front of the makeshift defence while looking to counter through Geovanni and Cousin playing right on the Gunners’ backline. The Tigers started the brighter and with their long balls to the mentioned front men could disrupt Arsenal’s play and leave less time to get organised.

The Gunners got back into the game and played some quick, one-touch football, with Van Persie and Adebayor alternating dropping deeper though the former looked make the Arsenal midfield a five when defending. Van Persie had two free kicks, one tipped on the bar by Myhill while Djourou was denied by a last ditch tackle by Mendy as the ball came down.

It was not to matter as soon Arsenal got the goal. Robin Van Persie whipping in a corner which was met by Adebayor (30) to head home. The Togolse striker linked up well in the half and drifted wide to provide support. Emmanuel Eboue slashed a shot wide after a good move soon after.

Abou Diaby was to detailed to help Adebayor challenge for goal kicks by pushing high up. He and Denilson provided the midfield shield when Arsenal attacked and one or the other pushed forward, usually the former though the attacking reigns were mainly left to the front four.

Second Half

This time Arsenal started the half brighter but lacking the conviction and urgency to kill the game off which allowed Hull a way back. On 65 minutes the cross from Mendy was deflected slightly, finding his way to Cousin to head into the top corner. Gael Clichy backed off from Mendy to give the Frenchman time to cross. In fact the left back was cautious all game of Mendy’s pace and would have been relieved there wasn’t more damage caused.

Both teams looked for the killer as Arsene Wenger summoned Bendtner and the Dane’s direct running brought a good save from Myhill. However Arsenal’s class told in the end as Robin Van Persie, with three men around him, turned and found Samir Nasri (82) unmarked to place with his left foot. The substitution of Emmanuel Adebayor signalling the Dutchman as the main man for Arsenal now.

Van Persie created the third, as he looked offside when he recieved the ball from Bendtner and squeezed the ball back to the Dane (86) to finish off a good move from Arsenal.

A win from the Gunners ensures they stay in touch with their rivals but would feel should have killed the game off quicker

Arsenal: Almunia (6), Sagna (7), Toure (7), Djourou (7), Clichy (5), Eboue (5)[69 Bendtner (8)], Diaby (7), Denilson (6), Nasri (6), Adebayor (7) [(87 Song Billong (6)], Van Persie (8)*

Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs, Merida.

Hull: Myhill, Doyle, Turner, Ricketts, Kilbane, Mendy, France, Ashbee, Halmosi, Geovanni, Cousin. Subs: Duke, Dawson, Garcia, Folan, Fagan, Manucho, Giannakopoulos.

Ref: Alan Wiley
Att: 24924

38.2% Possession 61.8%
7 Shots 14
2 Shots on target 7
2 Saves 0
4 Corners 4
17 Fouls 11
5 Offsides 2
1 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 0
25 Tackles 23
165 Accurate passes 330
54 Bad passes 7
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4 thoughts on “Hull City 1-3 Arsenal: Match Analysis + Stats

  1. I’m still not convinced about our defense.I hope they get more solid.This will take some time.Yesterday was a start.Hopefully, the current back four remain injury free.I don’t want to see Gallas and Silvestre’s sorry faces on the pitch anymore.
    Thats our problem,we change too much.Toure is probably our 67th captain of the season.
    Come on Wenger,buy a defensive midfielder.Arshavin can wait.

  2. I dont know why . Arsenal seemed very predictable today. Of all the passes made by Diaby and Denilson i really doubt if even 10 percent of it was forward to the strikers.The only way Diaby got the ball forward was when he dribbled ahead. All passes were sideways and Nasri and Eboue couldnt really break the Hull back 4. RVP had a great game and seemed to combine better with
    Bendtner.
    But somehow Arsenal have become predictable every pass every move ….

  3. Arshavin will probably come in on the right side of midfield where Eboue is playing at the moment. We have got Eduardo and Walcott to come in so upfront there is absolutely no problem.

    I was about our defence. If AC Milan really want GALLAS for fgods sake let the man go and get a decent defender. I would suggest Hangeland or Sharner they are both very tall. We lack height at the back. When we bring back Diaby for set pieces he has no clue whatsoever what defending is all about.

    Denilson/Song/Diaby are struggling. They are one day wonder type of players.

    We need a strong defensive midfielder. I would play Toure in there and get him to protect the defenders.

  4. After seeing this game my opinion has switched on a few players. Namely Bendtner and Denilson/Diaby. Just as I thought Bendtner would be terrible forever, he corrects all the mistakes he made in the past weeks. He was sharp on his driving dribbles, rather then losing the ball, his passing was perfect, and his direct play created both of our second goals. If it weren’t for his quick driving run and well placed pass to Robin the quick ball to Nasri would have never been on. The defender drawn to cover Bendtner’s run left RVP, causing another defender to pinch in, leaving Nasri’s run completely unmarked. Bendtner’s 1 with RVP was also superb, even though it was technically an offside goal. Denilson and Diaby however were invisible, while they were technically proficient they had very little impact, while Diaby had a couple of good tackles, and was safer in possession, it seemed he decided the only way to keep the ball was to not try to go forward. He switched his overly risky attacking passes for overly cautious possesion play. Denilson was characteristically smart in his tackling and positioning but useless with the final ball or any sort of attacking drive. I no longer believe either of these players are ready to play the CM position this year, although they could each become immense next year.

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