Danny Welbeck denied Hull City a first win over Arsenal since 2008 with a late equaliser in Saturday's 2-2 draw in the Barclays Premier League.
In the six years since their memorable win at Emirates Stadium under Phil Brown, Hull had been beaten on seven occasions, including an extra-time defeat in May's FA Cup final. However, Hull were on course for a rare triumph over Arsenal as Arsene Wenger's warning over the visitors' recent signings' ability to cause an upset proved correct, Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame cancelling out Alexis Sanchez's 13th-minute opener.
After Diame's well-taken finish, Hernandez, a late addition to the starting XI after Nikica Jelavic pulled up in the warm-up, got on the end of Tom Huddlestone's cross to put Hull on course for all three points, despite seeing goalkeeper Steve Harper and centre-back Michael Dawson go off injured. However, Welbeck left it late to rescue a point and salvage a small positive from what would have otherwise been a difficult day for Wenger, who also saw Jack Wilshere hobble off midway through the second half.
Harper was required to make a smart double-save from Welbeck and then Wilshere as well as tip Santi Cazorla's free-kick over as the hosts, who handed a league debut to Hector Bellerin, began strongly. However, the Hull goalkeeper could do nothing about Sanchez’s opener, as the Chilean bamboozled Curtis Davies in the right channel with a skilful stepover before cutting inside and firing across Harper.
Arsenal's lead last just five minutes however, when Diame got into the area and dinked home his fourth Barclays Premier League goal in five matches for Hull, as the hosts claimed a free-kick from referee Roger East for a foul on Mathieu Flamini.
Harper, continuing in goal due to injury to Allan McGregor, was himself forced off just before the interval with a shoulder problem and replaced by Eldin Jakupovic. But Bruce's men made an ideal start to the second half when Hernandez stole in ahead of Per Mertesacker to head Huddlestone's delivery from the right and put Hull ahead.
Behind for the first time, Arsenal swiftly sought an equaliser, with Dawson denying Welbeck a one-on-one chance before wayward passing in the final third from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cazorla frustrated the home support.
Wilshere's withdrawal after tweaking his knee in a challenge with Gaston Ramirez looked to have capped a miserable day for the hosts as Hull's defence looked to be standing firm with a string of brave blocks.
But Sanchez proved the inspiration, slaloming through the midfield before feeding Welbeck in the area to slam home and rescue a draw.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "They had two shots and scored two goals but we had to keep going and that saved us a point in the end. It is a long time since we've dominated so much and not won the game.
"Look at the shots on goal; how many times did they come into our half? They defended well and we made it difficult for ourselves by giving them a second goal. Sometimes the team that takes the initiative doesn't win. We tried our best and we can only look at ourselves.”
Hull manager Steve Bruce: "They were manful and it's just a shame we've conceded in the last minute. That's four times in eight or nine games.
“A lot of them have been all over the world this week and we were running on empty. We deserved maybe to hang on but you always know Arsenal can create something.”
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