Morning all and welcome to the Arsenal v. Hull Liveblog.
Arseblog has already tweeted the lineups and it looks like Almunia keeps his #1 shirt, Eduardo gets a start, and Walcott drops to the bench.
Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Vermaelen, Gallas, Silvestre, Song Billong, Denilson, Nasri, Diaby, Eduardo, Arshavin
Subs: Fabianski, Sagna, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Emmanuel-Thomas
HOLY CRAP!!! Man U loses 3-0 to Fulham and Liverpoor lose the plot 2-0 against Pompey. I watched the latter and I have to say Liverpoor look very down at the moment. It’s really sad but I have to brag that I picked them as most vulnerable to drop out of the top 4 this season mostly on the back of the loss of Alonso but also because I thought Carragher looked as if he’d lost a step LAST year and this year he looks like he just needs to retire.
1′ — Hull start out looking for an early goal, good defense stops that.
5′ — Silvestre gives away a poor foul in a dangerous area and Hull’s free kick is dealt with by Mooney
8′ — I’ve now counted 4 long balls in to our towering 5’4″ Center Forward, really guys?
10′ — A Hull throw down the left side exposes Silvestre, again. Denilson and Song are really going to need to contain that side. Or maybe move Arshavin off to the left to keep the Hull attack in check.
13′ — As long as Hull keep the ball centrally, Arsenal are pressing well. Spell of pressure here by Arsenal as a Diaby shot is deflected back for a couple of corners.
15′ — Nasri in a great spot, shoots tamely and dealt with by the keeper. Nasri is the brightest so far for me, on the end of everything positive for us at the moment.
16′ — Stephen Hunt, who caved in Chech’s skull, intentionally crashes into Almunia and gets a talking to. How many keeper’s careers is he going to be allowed to ruin?
19′ — Cesc is shown wearing an arctic parka. It’s a departure from his normal hoody and spit sink.
20′ — We need to stop putting in high crosses and find a way to run at their defense or put in low crosses. They will deal with those high crosses all day.
22′ — Song having a poor night, his passes finding too many Hull players.
23′ — Arsenal finally stop crossing the ball and Eduardo shapes a lovely shot which is just wide.
26′ — Arsenal corner, Diaby header?
27′ — @WC, yes Rosicky is injured, again.
29′ — Eduardo makes a great run after some determined midfield play from Arsenal and is muscled off the ball by Hunt. He comes up limping a bit, fingers crossed he’s ok…
31′ — FUCK OFF CUNTS, the announcers are taking the piss out of Wenger who is complaining that McShane shoved Diaby, they change their tune a bit after they see the replay.. only to say he should be complaining about the pass, Do they do this same thing to Ferguson, I wonder?
34′ — Long ball claimed by Mooney and Stephen Hunt crashes into him, again.
38′ — “The old hand up tried to con the referee — well done.” So cheating is OK?
41′ — Song with a brave header wins a corner, which is dealt with. Bit of pressure from Arsenal.
44′ — Garcia dives after Nasri gives him a little love tap and then Stephen Hunt tries to start a fight. All kinds of stupidity there. Nari and Hunt get a yellow. This is quickly followed by Nyate picking up a yellow for standing on Vermaelen’s foot. Hull is now fully cheating and thugging up this game. I want a 6-0 win now.
48′ — FUCK YOU CUNTS. Denilson with a wonderful free kick and Arsenal now up 1-0, 5 more goals to go. Hey Wenger, why don’t you offer Phil Brown a high five?
Half time — Ugly scenes continue, Hull are moaning and pointing fingers at Arsenal players as they head into the tunnel. I’d put money that there’s at least one sending off in this match, hell there might have been one as the teams headed down the tunnel. The cock-munching Hull-loving announcers are complaining about Wenger at every moment, calling Arsenal crap at every moment, and basically showing their bias with remarks like the one above where the announcer APPLAUDS Hull cheating. Don’t turn the sound off, turn it back up, you really need to hear the absolutely hands down xenophobia on display here.
45′ — I thought I saw yellow, was that to Denilson? Also, Hull shit the bed and made a bunch of changes at half-time.
48′ — UGH, wonderful touch and spin by Eduardo buut his shot is dreadfully wide. He needs a goal, badly.
50′ — Diaby starting the second half bright, good to see.
53′ — Hull look broken, we need to really put the screws to them now. Crush them, crush their season, crush their club.
56′ — Steve Bennet gives a bullshit penalty and Almunia saves. FUCK YOU HULL, FUCK YOU STEVE BENNET.
59′ — EDUARDO, Arsenal finally get their perfect goal after a ton of passing in the box and it falls to Eduardo. 4 more please.
63′ — Fagan goes to ground easy again, trying to con the referee, again, and gets called for handling the ball. Isn’t that an intentional hand ball? And if so, isn’t that a yellow card? Speaking of yellow, Phil Brown is smiling so hard on the sidelines that his skin now has a yellow hue. Jaundice?
67′ — Rambo on, Nasri off, good sub, Nasri was looking a bit jaded.
71′ — Eduardo’s put in a good shift, bring on Vela before Dudu get’s a hamstring pull or something.
74′ — Or Theo, whatever. MOAR GOALS!
75′ — Silvestre with a lumbering, speculative shot, finds the side netting. Diaby’s been brilliant this second half.
77′ — Yes, it’s only a foul when an Arsenal player does it. When a Hull player clatters one of ours, or cons the ref, it’s good play.
80′ — Diaby with a great run and exchange with Arshavin get’s Arsenal’s well deserved 3rd goal. 3 MOAR PLEASE
81′ – Xabier, you heard it here first! Diaby as CF! WC, Theo still looks rusty but the whole team is trying to get him involved. Arshavin off, Vela on. Will the cult of Vela take another blow?
85′ — Good strong claim from Almunia as the crowd is in great cheer. Stick around Gunners there’s more goals tonight I guarantee.
87′ — Nathan, the only way I’d shake Phil Brown’s hand is if I spit in it first.
88′ — NOOOOOOOO, ugh, Walcott with a blown shot after a fine save from Almunia and great counter attack. THAT WAS MY 5th!
90′ — Beautiful football between Vela, Silvestre, and Rambo whose shot is just a bit high and that should have been Arsenal’s 6th. Clean sheet is what I want now.
90′ — Theo looks lively and misses widely to end the match.
Whelp, Phil Brown got his hand-shake so I guess Hull got something out of this match, eh? Frankly it was a well deserved win and if anything the scoreline flattered Hull. Their penalty was one of the softest I’ve ever seen. Almunia was huge. Song had a rough patch to start but cleaned up. Denilson made Geovanni look second class. Diaby has a huge shout for man of the match and the young guns came on in the second half and but for their youth and profligacy Arsenal would have won 6-0 easily. The worst part, though, for me was all the conning and cheating that Hull put on out there. I’ve always hated Hull but now I hope they don’t just get relegated, but go into administration, they are a despicable pack of Fakin’ Hunts.
Tune in tomorrow for the Good, Bad, and Ugly until then it’s a good three points today.