Dec 4, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT
Arsenal kept on rolling as they won their sixth-straight home PL game with a 2-0 win against Hull City on Wednesday. Nicklas Bendtner and Mesut Ozil grabbed the goals as the Gunners kept their terrific form going with an easy win.
The damage was done early on as Bendtner headed home superbly from Carl Jenkinson‘s fantastic cross from the right inside two minutes, the goal marked his first start in the league for the Gunners in over 1000 days as he put the home side 1-0 up. It remained that way at the break as Arsenal dominated but couldn’t break down a resilient Hull side. But after half time Mesut Ozil finished off a sublime move to put the game out of the Tigers reach and give Arsenal all three points.
With their fifth shutout win in four games Arsenal stay top on 34 points, while Hull are in 12th with 17 points.
It took under two minutes for the North London side to go ahead as Bendtner headed home in his first PL start since March 2011. The Danish international has scored three goals in his last four games against Hull and the league leaders were relentless early on after taking the lead. Hull could not get out of their own half Aaron Ramsey and Ozil combined superbly in and around the box.
Jenkinson went close with a header as he reacted to a flick in the box and a scrambled clearance from the Tigers kept them just 1-0 down. The Gunners, as usual, continued to dominate possession and Hull were struggling to contain the home sides fluid attacking movements. In the the first half Arsenal had 67 percent of possession and had 13 attempts on goal against Hull.
Arsenal nearly got their second when Ramsey was found on the edge of the box and his shot was tipped wide by Alan McGregor as the Scot got down low wide. Hull held their own and forced Wojciech Szczesny into a good close range stop but that sparked Arsenal back into life as just before the break Bendtner crossed for Ozil who headed just wide of the far post.
After the interval Arsenal carried on attacking and just one minute and 57 seconds into the second half Ozil made it 2-0. Ramsey played a perfect pass into the German international who slotted home superbly to give the league leaders a commanding lead. By this point Hull were fighting fires across the midfield and defense and Bendtner saw his header cleared off the line in the 55th minute.
Hull had a few good chances to reduce the deficit as Jake Livermore made some good runs forward from midfield, however Arsenal were drifting through the gears as they eased towards full time with their two-goal lead intact. Wenger may be slightly worried at how easy Hull created some chances in the second half, as Elmohamady whipped in a great ball late on but George Boyd drifted into an offside position.
Arsenal shut up shop and played out the win to stay top of the league, after their 11th victory from 14 games.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey (Arteta, 80), Rosicky (Wilshere, 73), Cazorla, Ozil, Bendtner (Walcott, 73)
Goals: Bendtner (2), Ozil (47)
Hull City: McGregor, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Chester, Bruce, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady (Rosenior, 58), Graham (Boyd, 58), Sagbo (Nagy, 73)
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