Arsenal 2 - 0 Hull City
Hull City in the FA Cup. The last fixture was pretty damn good, but this occasion was a little different. Arsenal needed to focus in order to avoid an upset, instead of raise their game for a Cup final. A subtle but important difference.
It started quite well.
The Gunners were very much in control of the game, with Hull showing only glimmers of their potential. Sanchez, Walcott and Rosicky were all linking well, and Cazorla and Coquelin playing well too.
Surprisingly, Arsenal’s opener came through a corner in the twentieth minute. Instead of standing on the front post as usual, Mertesacker leap high and headed low, giving Arsenal a deserved lead.
“Hull were gaining confidence with each passing moment. The lead was beginning to look very, very slender…”
The rest of the first half was calm, and that carried over into the second period — a bit.
As the second half went on, Arsenal missed more and more chances. As a result, Hull were gaining confidence with each passing moment. The lead was beginning to look very, very slender.
The nervousness continued into the late stages of the game, until that same man put things right.
“Arsenal saw out the game easily, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Nice and easy does it, for once “
Alexis Sanchez received the ball on the edge of the box in the eighty-second minute, turned and slotted it into the bottom corner. He made it look easy, but it was anything but.
Arsenal saw out the game easily, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Nice and easy does it, for once.
Arsenal Player Ratings
No troubles, no worries. Didn’t look drunk either, which is a good sign.
Played very well today. Defended well and got forward a lot too. Good work rate.
His header was brilliant, and we should use him like that more often.
An easy game for him, no worries.
Got forward very well and put in good crosses.
Worked hard, made some good passes.
Didn’t work very hard, and was wasteful with the ball on too many occasions.
Broke up play very well, but he should have been sent off for a two-footer late on.
Drove forward, worked hard and looked positive and energetic.
Sanchez: [8/10] - MOTM
Played up front again, and got himself an excellent goal.
Had two good chances to score, but the one-year’s worth of rust kept the ball out. His pace and runs are still there though, brilliant to have him back.