Hull City (1) – (2) Arsenal
Arshavin (14′), Bendtner (90+3′)
Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
I only caught the first half, a bit of the second and the highlights last night, but what a fucking massive result. I’ve said constantly over the last few weeks that I couldn’t care less how we perform, as long as we nick the 3 points.
And Arsenal did that yesterday.
I’ve also said that the form of Bendtner is paramount to whether we win anything this season, and how massive was his injury time goal?
I fucking love it.
I love that we got one over on that idiot Phil Brown, I love that we nicked the 3 points and I love that we won the game despite not being at the top of our game. In the end, that’s a characteristic of champions.
Arshavin scored a lovely goal after 14 minutes, darting passed 2 defenders (slightly fortunately) and finished off the move with aplomb, lashing the ball into the corner with the outside of his boot.
The Hull got lucky, winning a penalty despite the move being offside.
Campbell made contact, and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink went down. When Sol touched him the ball was actually behind the Dutch striker so a red card would have been very harsh. But obviously that didn’t stop Phil Sunbed moaning that Campbell should have been sent off, because of that tackle in the second half.
Campbell won the ball you Orange twat.
I was amazed that Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen actually backed up Sol Campbell in their post-match analysis on MOTD, both on his yellow card for the penalty and the great tackle in the second half.
There’s hope for Setanta and Sky Sports yet. Maybe.
I notice no-one mentioned that George Boateng should have been sent off for his first ‘eye poke’ on Bendtner, which is surely ‘raising your hands’ and should be a straight red. His second yellow card was also possibly aÂ straight red, after studding Bacary Sagna high up on his knee.
In the second half with Hull down to 10 men, Arsenal found it hard to get that second and decisive goal. Arshavin and Bendtner had golden opportunities to seal the game after good work from Walcott, and as the full time whistle crept closer and closer you feared that we might drop a vital two points.
But from a good 40 yards out, Denilson pinged a shot which Myhill parried, and like a lightening bolt Nicklas Bendtner scored the rebound.
What a huge goal for Arsenal.
And great praise has to go to Bendtner.
After missing a couple of decent chances, it takes special character to be switched on right until the end. In the 93rd minute, he had the awareness to anticipate the rebound and get in front of the defence and score the winner. Great dedication and thanks to his attitude and application we’re still right in this title race.
When you take everything into account, it was a stunning goal.
The magnitude, the pressure and the finish were all massive.
But we all know the big Dane doesn’t lack confidence, and what a good job he doesn’t! The bottom line is that when required, Bendtner has delivered.
4 down, 8 to go. Next cup tie: West Ham United.