Match Report: Arsenal 1-2 Hull City

Written by Chris Wheatley


Arsenal took on Premier League newcomers Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on a sunny Saturday evening in north London.

14 goals in the Gunners’ last 4 games gave Arsene Wenger’s side something positive to build from and it looked set to continue with an easy-looking game against Phil Brown’s troops.

Hull were certainly no mugs coming into the game though, 8 points out of a possible 15 would normally be the mark of a ‘top four’ team, something that Arsenal had to be aware of.

Arsenal Starting XI:

Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Eboue – Fabregas – Denilson – Walcott
Adebayor – van Persie

Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Song, Silvestre, Djourou, Bendtner.

Hull Starting XI:

McShane – Zayatte – Turner – Dawson
Marney – Boateng – Geovanni – Ashbee
Cousin – King

Subs: Duke, Hughes, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, Folan, Ricketts.

First Half

The first period started with some neat passing from both sides, Phil Brown earlier admitted he’d be delighted if his troops got anything from the late kick-off.

Both sides were feeling their way into the game in the late-summer conditions. Denilson was brought down by Andy Dawson on Hull left but Van Persie delivered a free-kick straight at Myhill. Minutes later, Fabregas struck a decent opportunity wide from 18 yards when put through on goal.

Arsene Wenger felt his side should have had an early penalty as Robin van Persie went down under Michael Turner’s challenge on the edge of the box.

A Cross from Sagna was headed in by Adebayor but referee Alan Wiley had spotted handball. In the next attack, Dawson committed a goal-saving tackle on Walcott who found himself 20 yards out. Arsenal started stepping up through the gears – only desperate City defending stopped the Gunners from taking the lead.

Tigers’ midfield were only just managing to stem the Arsenal’s attacking thrusts. A speculative shot from Geovanni was high and certainly not very handsome.

Former Manchester United defender Paul McShane went forward in a rare attack and won attacking throw-in. City started to settle and had a rare spell of possession.

Interplay between Walcott an Fabregas almost created an opening and it was Arsene Wenger’s troops who looked the more likely to score.

Arsenal tried to almost walk the ball into the net when the best opportunity of the half reached them. Emmanuel Eboue was given a sublime pass by Emmanuel Adebayor and instead of shooting tried to pass to Robin van Persie, but Hull managed to clear. A ridiculous piece of play from the Ivory Coast international.

It was the hosts who had the lion’s share of possession in the first half but City – often with their backs to the wall – had done enough to frustrate and shade the honours at the break.

Second Half

An early Boateng drive was deflected over in Tigers’ most threatening move of the match as the second half begun in full force.

Turner and Zayatte were outstanding in back four for City both defenders were cancelling out van Persie and Adebayor.

City were having the better of exchanges before Arsenal finally struck.

A thrilling run from Theo Walcott occured, the England wizard crafted a bit of lucky magic after Adebayor clipped the cross and McShane turned it in with Cesc Fabregas claiming the goal.

Goal: Paul McShane (50 – Own Goal) – Arsenal 1-0 Hull City

Adebayor almost made it two nil minutes after but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Turner. Arsenal turned the screw City started to lose some of that composure that earned them a goalless first half.

Theo Walcott laid the marker down for Hull’s defence and his pace found him in a threatening position. Arsenal’s attacking power started to expose City.

Hull regained some composure and started to pass the ball around well, Geovanni got the ball, moved in field and launched an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner – a massive blow.

Goal: Geovanni (61) – Arsenal 1-1 Hull City

The Brazilian’s strike was arguably the goal of the season so far and Daniel Cousin almost added another seconds after

Momentum was with Hull and they won a corner on the far side. Andy Dawson smashed it in the box and headed Cousin burst the net with a crisply taken header, William Gallas was caught on his heels.

Goal: Daniel Cousin (65) – Arsenal 1-2 Hull City

What a comeback by the Tigers. Don’t forget only West Ham have ever won at the Emirates in a Premier League game so this, if it happens, would be one of the great wins in the top flight by anyone, ever.

Walcott’s cross failed to find a head and the Gunners’ support started to get ncreasingly restless- and who could really blame them.

Marlon King ran in on goal and brought a save from Almunia as Arsenal otherwise engaged at the other end.

City tried to wind down the clock and were helped by an offside flag which used up a few more seconds. Four minutes of added time, the Gunners needed a goal.

All bodies in the way on every occasion Arsenal went forward. Dawson headed over and from resulting corner, Gallas struck the bar with a header.

A Cesc Fabregas drive brilliantly tipped over by Myhill and Toure strikes wide from resultant corner. Van Persie just over the top but it was City’s day and an unbelievable result.

Arsenal’s 60 game unbeaten home record and Arsene Wenger’s 12th anniversary at the club will now go largely unnoticed thanks to a magnificent display from Phil Brown’s resoloute Hull troops.

No Player Ratings for today’s game – a shocking display, all players below 4’s.

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We are getting the same excuses from Wenger, don’t wanna hear it. He had since last season to sort out the defence’s problems with corners and high balls. He didn’t and it is hurting us, plus everyone and their damn mum knows this weakness now. This might end up costing us a chance of winning anything.

Gooner Chris

Defeats against Fulham and Hull City are not acceptable.

I couldn’t see us winning anything at the start of the season and now it’s starting to look very glum.

Defence needs to be sorted ASAP. Agreed with Gooner4life about the long ball situation.



And they have to stop walking the ball into the net, Arsenal finally started to realise it on 85mins +


Arsenal should never lose at home to Hull City no matter how well Hull plays. There simply is no excuse for that. This all rests at the feet of the man who refuses to spend a dime on a half decent center back while coddling ingrates like Adebayor and Gallas. Right now I just can’t see Arsenal as serious contenders for any major trophy this year.

The Brain

I can’t believe it. Just left the game for five minutes and they scored two!? Crazy. We gotta sort something out in defence maybe when Silvestre is match fit he can play. Also I’m sorry but Denilson is really affecting Fabregas’ influence. Cesc did well today but he needs a more defensive partner who can keep his position and allow the attack to attack while being able to pass still. But I still believe. Come on you Gooners!!!

i feel for most part arsenal did defend well they had to deal with alot long balls but always know if you ahve enough corners they will condede, to be honest i wanted to see silvester play in stead of toure,i think its almost every time arsenal have lost or conceded a goal its been from corners,its still very early in the season but arsenal did defend quite well,but hull stifend our attacks extremly well arsenal forwards tried very hard but they still need to be more clinical,i always new it was never going to free flowing game so for… Read more »

MR Wenger get rid of that piece of shit Adebayor


shocking result, cant afford any more like that now, another goal from a corner, and a wonder goal, eboue was not as effective on the left as he has been in recent matches,


every one of them had an off night tonight, cesc just hasn’t got into gear yet this season, adebayor is a waste of space, van persie still has a long way to go to get back to form, gallas and toure are past it, wenger needs to buy in january or put the kids out they showed much more passion and skill and played as a unit on wednesday albeit against sheff utd but they would not have sucombed to a mediocre side like hull.

Gunner Jillu

Wish we has a Vieria typr player in the cntre of the park. Hull won because they were more commited, they did not give up. We need to show the same kind of commitment if we play Utd or Hull

Gunner Jillu

Where is Nasri!!

Gunner Jillu

Where is Diabi!!


We shud have played vela and bendtner and ramsey replacing denilson we looked like we lacked creativity. I would also liked to have seen djourou and silvestre play against teams who play long balls and are a threat on set pieces

Gunner Jillu

Where is Rosicky!!

Gunner Jillu

Where is Eduardo!!

Gunner Jillu

We shd have won, there was enough quality on the pitch, There was nothing wrong with the team selection, just had an off day


I think we need to change our formation against porto we need to play 4-3-3 or we are going to get exposed in the middle.

It was a disgraceful performance from a team who obviously went out wondering how many they were going to win by. There was no desire or commitment, just an air of arrogance and expectency. Fair play to Hull City. They are where they are in the table largely thanks to some favourable fixtures, but today they showed that they are no mugs and are certainly not to be taken lightly by anyone. There are plenty of things that Arsene could do to change the team round. But the reason we lost today wasn’t to do with Eboue playing out of… Read more »
American Gooner
Denilson’s performance tonight made me sick. He is not the answer in central midfield – he looked fine last week in the right side but Alex Song MUST play behind Cesc. That Brazilian dwarf gave Geovanni tons of space when he cut in, lost balls and made bad passes left and right, and had the tackling ability of a mouse. RVP should be on the bench until he gets into form, he is a hindrance, not a help. Ade cant finish a sentence. Face it, if we put away this game the way we should have 5-6 times, Hull wouldn’t… Read more »

i cant help but feel, when we play teams like hull, west brom, stoke etc etc that we are more likely not too win.
do you ever see the fixture chelsea v stoke and fink ohh stoke could pul a suprise here, no!
but every1 against arsenal i do feel this way.
can beat ac milan at the san siro but not hull city at home.
bad times bad times


Its not the end of the world but 2 defeats out of 5 or 6 games against much weaker opposition is not title winning form.


told you guys adebayor’s incompetence in front of goal will come back to haunt us. i think he missed at least 3 reasonable chance and NOT ONCE was he on target. he really cannot finish for nuts. i would like to see what adebayor’s supporters have to say about this.

no doubt we need to sort out our defence but I think both Hull’s goals are good goals and quite impossible for our goalkeeper to stop.

it is at the other end which is disappointing. Adebayor cannot finish. Van Persie is out of form. 🙁

The Brain

Adebayor missed good chances but so did Van Persie but the thing is we took the lead and we couldn’t keep it. That was the problem last season and this was the same again. We should shut the game out but we don’t. Maybe a lack of really steel in midfield is keeping sides in.


I don’t mind losing, but not in the ways we have. Against better teams and away from home it is more acceptable. We haven’t drawn a game yet which is important. If we start drawing as well, then forget the league. People just want a reason to bash Ade, get over it already. It’s disgraceful. Blame Wenger, we shouldn’t be making the same mistakes as last season.


i dont like the single out one player as a reason for losing but gallas has now cost us 3 goals in the league from a lack of concentration and basically being a wimp at corners and not attacking the ball. Daniel cousin made a run yesterday that was nothing too special yet gallas just stood there until it was too late to do anything about it. geovani’s goal coudlnt of really stop it although someone surely had to at least put him off a little bit..and we all know who would have done last season..