- Arsenal vs Hull

Wednesday 4 December 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Referee: Andre Marriner | Attendance 60,017

Arsenal
  • Nicklas Bendtner (2)
  • Mesut Özil (47)
Arsenal
2 - 0
Hull
Hull

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Nicklas Bendtner proved his worth to Arsenal with a goal and fine performance as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Hull City.

The Denmark forward made his first Barclays Premier League start of the season and took less than two minutes to score, thundering a header home from Carl Jenkinson's cross after neat interplay from Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey.

Mesut Ozil doubled the hosts' advantage two minutes into the second half as Arsene Wenger's side eased to a victory at Emirates Stadium which maintained their four-point advantage at the top of the table.

Bendtner came in as one of five Arsenal changes from the weekend win over Cardiff City, while Hull boss Steve Bruce made two alterations to the side that beat Liverpool - the suspended Curtis Davies replaced by James Chester in defence and Danny Graham coming in for Robert Koren.

Arsenal made the perfect start as Bendtner rose highest to plant Jenkinson's fine cross home after typically intricate build-up play. The Dane could have doubled his tally 14 minutes in but a heavy touch spoiled his chances after Allan McGregor had spilled Ozil's drive.

Arsenal were irrepressible but Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny hit efforts over the crossbar, while McGregor dived to his left to keep a 25-yarder from the Welshman out.

Hull grew into the half as it wore on, Tom Huddlestone flashing a ball across the six-yard box and Chester heading wide from a corner as they went into half-time a goal behind.

The hosts started the second half just as well as the first, Ozil playing a sharp one-two with Ramsey down the left channel before slotting past McGregor at his near post. Ramsey then forced a smart stop from McGregor from a narrow angle with Robbie Brady having to head Bendtner's header from the resulting corner off the line.

Arsenal pressed on and Santi Cazorla went close on the hour mark, jinking past three players inside the area before seeing his fierce left-footed shot deflected wide by Chester.

Bendtner was afforded a standing ovation in the 72nd minute as he was replaced by Theo Walcott, rounding off a hugely positive outing for the striker.

Ozil was denied a second by a desperate block from Hull substitute Liam Rosenior but Wenger's side comfortably saw out the remainder, securing a fourth consecutive 2-0 victory on home soil.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was a very convincing performance. Bendtner worked hard in training and he deserved a chance. He has good technical quality. I made him sign a long contract twice so I believe in his ability. We have a very heavy schedule, that's why I had to rest some players and rotate. I was not tempted to start Walcott, he was sick (before Saturday's 3-0 win over Cardiff City) and sick again on Monday."

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "Overall it was a difficult evening. We've had two tough games this week, but we've managed to pick up three points. That's a positive. I'm glad we still knuckled down, because we've avoided an embarrassing scoreline. Arsenal are a great team, and we showed resilience.

"The one thing you want when you come to the Emirates is to start well and they have scored a wonderful goal, we've been done on a one-two in a wide area, but it's wonderful. Arsenal are confident enough and then when they go 1-0 up early on it becomes a difficult evening for us. I was delighted to get back into the game but lo and behold we did the same thing in the second half but late on we rolled our sleeves up otherwise it could have been embarrassing."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Wojciech Szczesny 6.54 6.33
25. Carl Jenkinson 6.17 5.74
17. Nacho Monreal 6.46 5.41
6. Laurent Koscielny 6.39 6.07
4. Per Mertesacker 6.58 6.38
16. Aaron Ramsey 7.63 7.66
7. Tomas Rosicky 6.71 6.2
19. Santiago Cazorla 7.11 6.72
20. Mathieu Flamini 6.84 6.23
11. Mesut Özil 8.41 7.45
23. Nicklas Bendtner 7.25 5.74
Substitutes All Fans BFR
28. Kieran Gibbs 6.29 6.16
8. Mikel Arteta 5.8 6.02
14. Theo Walcott 7.14 6.88
10. Jack Wilshere 6.33 6.53
21. Lukasz Fabianski 6.1 4.93
12. Olivier Giroud 6.82 7.04
5. Thomas Vermaelen 6.38 5.39
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Allan McGregor 3.75 5.42
3. Maynor Figueroa 2.33 5.06
4. Alex Bruce 1.67 4.31
5. James Chester 2.0 4.7
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 2.33 5.46
11. Robbie Brady 1.67 5.77
8. Tom Huddlestone 2.33 5.9
7. David Meyler 2.33 5.08
14. Jake Livermore 2.33 6.1
9. Danny Graham 2.75 5.07
20. Yannick Sagbo 1.67 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
17. George Boyd 0.0 4.54
12. Matty Fryatt 0.0 3.1
10. Robert Koren 0.0 5.04
2. Liam Rosenior 0.0 5.16
18. Gedo 0.0 3.73
22. Steve Harper 0.0 4.68
23. Abdoulaye Faye 0.0 4.4

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