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Arsenal 2-2 Hull City – Welbeck breaks Hull hearts as Elmo recovers from back spasm
Arsenal had gone ahead when Alexis Sanchez’s low shot fizzed past Steve Harper before Mohamed Diame levelled proceedings. Abel Hernandez, who only started the game due to a warm-up injury to Nikica Jelavic, headed in just after half-time.
The home side dominated possession and territory as the Tigers sat back and were rewarded with a 92nd minute goal from Welbeck.
Much was made in the build-up to this game of the injury crisis Arsenal were suffering at present, all the more so when Mesut Ozil was ruled out of action after sustaining a knee injury on international duty. But it was Hull who had to reshuffle prior to kick-off with Nikica Jelavic injuring his hamstring in the warm-up with Abel Hernandez starting the fixture.
Despite this the Gunners made a bright opening with Hull’s veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper twice denying one-time Tigers target Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla from range.
Harper could do little with the opening goal when Alexis Sanchez skipped past Curtis Davies before drilling a low shot past the keeper into the bottom corner.
Hull had barely got into the game but were level with their first meaningful attack of the game when Mo Diame surged into the heart of the Arsenal defense before chipping the ball over the onrushing Wojciech Szczesny. The referee should have pulled the play back for a foul as Diame pulled Mathieu Flamini back in the build-up to the goal but Hull were level. The goal saw Hull grow in confidence with the home support voicing their discontent at referee Roger East.
An arm injury to Harper just before half-time saw Steve Bruce forced into a change with third choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic coming on.
The crowd unrest grew even louder when Hull took the lead through Hernandez a minute after the restart. Tom Huddlestone curled a superb ball into the box which the Uruguayan met to turn the ball into the net.
As the game wore on Hull sat further back on their lead having to withstand a constant barrage of Arsenal attacks with the fleeting Hull break giving them a minor rest bite.
The Tigers, to their credit, defended valiantly with players putting their bodies on the line for the cause but ultimately they were undone late on. Sanchez weaved his way through two Hull defenders before sliding a pass to Welbeck who lofted the ball into the net.