A refreshing victory for the Arsenal last night at the KC. Arsenal ran rampant in a 4-0 smashing of Hull City in the FA Cup replay and the fans couldn’t of asked for anything more. On paper, the game looked more complicated that it planned out to be, but fortunately for us, Eldin Jakupovic’s performance was nothing like in the original tie. Both squads rotated for this game, with a nice runout for highly rated 18 year old Jeff Reine Adelaide.
The game started with Arsenal immediately on the front foot, and we had the ball in the net after 2 minutes, but no complaints as Walcott was called offside in the finish. Joel Campbell the bright light he has been was active strict from the off, and was close to a goal, however his casual finish saw the ball steer wide of the target. Hull City managed to regroup, which Arsenal then struggled to make chances. It was almost at the half an hour mark before the next chance in the game, coming at the other end this time. As Nick Powell delivered the ball from a wide free kick, it caused some heart in mouth moments for the Arsenal fans as they failed to clear the ball the danger. The ball did end up in the net, but the linesman was on call again. 2 goals so far, 2 disallowed. Then a moment of madness for the Hull defence as Giroud is gifted the ball 6 yards out from goal by David Meyler. The Frenchman stroked the ball home and the deadlock was broken just before half time. 11 games without a goal no more. The Gunners then went close again as Kieran Gibbs whipped the ball off the face of the crossbar from all of 30 yards out, an effort that seemed to surprise him as much as the viewers.
Arsenal again started the better of the two sides in the second half, with our favourite Egyptian Mohamed Elneny coming close to scoring a wonderful volley, but denied by Jakupovic. Hull City then changed to a more counter attacking approach and nearly had success straight away as they turned the Arsenal defence. Aaron Ramsey almost caused the problem himself as he nearly converted a glancing header in the wrong goal, fortunate to see it go wide. The second goal came then after, as Olivier Giroud struck the ball past Jakupovic from Theo Walcott’s cross. All good for the Frenchman. The onslaught continued and Theo Walcott got amongst the goals off the back of a lovely Joel Campbell assist. The defence parted like the Red Sea as Campbell slipped the ball through, and a cool composed finish from Theo made it 3. The Arsenal were easing to victory, thanks to our recently absent attacking prowess. Hull were down and out and they didn’t look like scoring at all, whilst Arsenal continued their assault. Alex Iwobi the conductor of the 4th goal, which feel at the feet of Theo Walcott again, striking the ball, with aid of a deflection, past Jakupovic.
A great team performance for the Gunners, but we also uncovered some new problems. 3 injuries, Mertesacker, Gabriel and Ramsey all were subbed off during the game, which is certainly not good news. Laurent Koscielny should be fit for the weekend game versus Watford in the FA Cup, which is a positive.
“In the first half we needed patience because they played very deep, similar to when we played at Emirates Stadium,” he told Arsenal Player. “The patience was important and to keep the ball moving and to get them tired and find the opening without being exposed to counter attacks.
“I would say our technical quality and mobility gave them many problems. We played at a higher pace technically and as long as we could maintain that they were in trouble.
“We had a difficult period at the start of the second half and then after that our technical superiority took over and we scored some convincing goals.
“We have another challenge on Sunday against Watford and hopefully we manage to do it again. Everyone loves this competition but it is difficult to be unbeaten and when you are beaten you are out.”
Shots on Target: 2/7
Hull: Jakupovic; Bruce, Maguire, Davies, Odubajo; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone; Diame, Powell, Diomande.
Arsenal: Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs; Flamini, Elneny; Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell; Giroud.