Alexis Sanchez ‘hands’ Arsenal much needed win

A brace for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez earned the Gunners a controversial 2-0 win over a Hull City side that battled hard at the Emirates and probably deserved to get something from the game.

Arsenal coming in to this game on the back of consecutive defeats, made just the one change to their struggling side, bringing in Kieran Gibbs for Nacho Monreal.  Continue reading

Walcott, Iwobi impress as Arsenal beat Hull City 4-1

Theo Walcott produced one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt in the last few years, while Alex Iwobi gave a brilliant glimpse into how bright the Gunners’ future could be as Arsenal beat Hull City 4-1 at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal were quick out of the blocks this afternoon and took the lead in the 17th minute when Walcott’s first time cross from the right wing was palmed into the path of Alex Iwobi. The Nigerian’s goal bound effort was deflected by Alexis Sanchez, who claimed the goal, but it didn’t really mattered who was credited with it – Arsenal were 1-0 ahead. Continue reading

Giroud, Walcott find form to power Arsenal into the FA Cup Quarters

Arsenal brought a long overdue end to their 5-game win-less run, brushing aside the challenge of Hull City 4-0 at the KC Stadium to cruise into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where Watford await. The win stretches Arsenal’s unbeaten run in the Cup to 15 matches, and came in Arsene Wenger’s 101st match in the competition, chasing a record 7th title.

A couple of goals each for Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, two players who needed to find some form, sealed the win for Arsenal, but it did come at considerable cost with the Gunners losing both centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, and star midfielder Aaron Ramsey to injuries. It is worth noting that Giroud’s brace takes him to 20 goals in all competitions this season, an excellent record, especially considering he had gone 9 games without a goal coming into this match. Continue reading

Wenger provides Arsenal team update ahead of FA Cup clash

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger provided his team update today ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend.

The two-time FA Cup defending champions, Arsenal, take on a side that we beat in the final in 2014, and given Hull’s tremendous form in the Championship this season, Arsene Wenger certainly won’t be taking his opponents lightly. Continue reading

Hull City team news ahead of Arsenal clash

Hull City will receive a boost today ahead of their visit to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup by the return of Tom Huddlestone from suspension. The former Tottenham man proved to be quite a thorn in Arsenal’s side when we clashed in the FA Cup Final last season, and Arsene Wenger’s men will need to watch out for a rejuvenated Huddlestone, who will have the benefit of a couple of days extra rest for today’s game. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger’s Walcott Conundrum

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott arguably had his best year in the 2012-13 season, with 21 goals and 14 assists to his credit. He missed out on a lot of valuable match time in the current season due to an abdominal injury, but has now returned fully fit and available for selection. Arsene Wenger faces a dilemma whether he should start with the England winger for the match against Hull on Thursday or should he stick to a winning formula and not tamper with it? Continue reading

No takers for Bendtner as Hull City pull out too

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has admitted buying Nicklas Bendtner may be out of his club’s reach for now. The 25 year old striker is widely expected to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis and was loaned out in each of the last 2 seasons, first to Steve Bruce’s Sunderland and then to Juventus last season.

In addition to their spell together at Sunderland, Steve Bruce also worked with the Danish international when he was a rookie, giving Bendtner his first real break at Birmingham City, but doesn’t think another reunion is on the cards due to financial restrictions in place at the KC stadium. Continue reading

Steve Bruce comes to Arsenal looking for an old flame

Earlier this week, it was reported that Arsenal had agreed a fee with Eintracht Frankfurt regarding the transfer of unwanted Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. The Dane was in Germany to discuss personal terms with the club, and the result was a disagreement regarding wage demands, causing Frankfurt’s interest in the striker to be effectively over. Arsenal fans were disappointed in seeing the Dane possibly in their ranks next season after he openly said that he “will never play for Arsenal” again when joining Sunderland on a season-long loan with an option to make it permanent in 2011.

Sunderland’s manager then was Steve Bruce, who got sacked the season Bendtner played for the Black Cats, possibly a reason why they didn’t make the deal permanent at the end of the season. Bruce is understood to be a fan of the towering Dane, also bringing the striker on loan to his previous club Birmingham City back in 2006. With Bruce now plying his trade as manager of Premier League new-boys Hull City, The Sun reports that Bendtner could be set for a reunion with Bruce. Continue reading