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Team News: Hull v. Arsenal

Arsenal travel to the KC stadium today for an evening duel with Hull's Tango man. After being embarrassingly dismantled last weekend by Everton, Hull will want to restore some pride in front of their home crowd. Even though our opponents are down in 19th, I'm still wary. In their last home match, which was over a month ago, they beat a good Man City team 2-1. We will need to keep up the determination we've showed since the Stoke match a fortnight ago.

Without further ado, here are today's lineups.

Arsenal Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Clichy, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Arshavin, Eboue, Bendtner

Arsenal Bench: Fabianski, Eastmond, Traore, Eduardo, Merida, Silvestre, Walcott

Hull Starting XI: Myhill, Dawson, Mouyokolo, Zayatte, Mendy, Marney, Bullard, Boateng, Altidore, Fagan, Venegoor of Hesselink

Hull Bench: Duke, Cooper, Barmby, Kilbane, Olofinjana, Garcia, Zaki

Andre Marriner will be the head official for today's encounter.

Up the Arse!




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 13 2010

Time: 4:51PM

Your Comments

Sol isn't the best any more, but still better than Silvestre... hopefully
TPowell
Wouldn't Sagna slotting into the middle be a better option than the possiblity of having to use Silvestre? Anyway, it's irrelevant at the moment. I just want the 3 points. 5 goal margin would be welcome too but i'm going for 3-0. COYG
Sir Bobo
WHY DID YOU LIE BRIAN! Look, Cesc is behind you!
Tom14
5-0 top of the league. Seems more than likely.
Tom14
Samir to **** all over Hull
ajwb
nice rugby field they have there in hull
TPowell
Hull and Brown to be Eboue'd!
GoonerLou
that little russian is amazing
TPowell
yes
gronedrone
Arshavin looks so much better since he has returned from injury, maybe we should have rested him earlier
bowiecokemirror
yes yesss andreyyyyyy
ajwb
Ooh how I love these early goals of late!
GoonerLou
haha Lou, the early goals are such a welcome change
TPowell
spin-o-rama from Eboue... beautiful
TPowell
he was offside and he dove, what a dick
TPowell
he was offside definitely but it was a clumsy challenge from Sol
bowiecokemirror
It wasn't a pen!!!
GoonerLou
Terrible call
ajwb
Bendtner was just hit as hard in the box as Hesselink was, yet no pen.... and they say the refs favour the big four, how ridiculous
TPowell
That is classed as a high tackle in rugby
ajwb
The ref needs to start showing some cards for all these fouls from hull players
bowiecokemirror
Yeah quite a few fouls unpunished already.
GoonerLou
Hey that's very bad from Dawson!! >_<
GoonerLou
Wth is that?! If anything Bendtner was the one being pushed, hy did he get a yellow too?!
GoonerLou
Why was Bendtner given a yellow there? he gets poked in the eye and gets a yellow? how does that work?
TPowell
Red card for the thugs, good
TPowell
Well some justice there, shocker! Boateng off, bye bye!
GoonerLou
You could see the idiot ref still didn't want to send him off
bowiecokemirror
Finally dirty ****'s
ajwb
Their game plan's obviously to wind our players up with fouls and provocations. Jimmy Bullard's a rare nice guys in football and shouldn't be playing for that moron with those thugs!
GoonerLou
Can't believe what Hull are getting away with. They should think themselves lucky the Women's Institute are reffing this one.
Amos.
I like how they attacked a one time all half and scored because they were offside and 'looked for contact' aka take a dive
TPowell
16 fouls to 7 and 2 yellows each before Boateng was sent off. There is no doubt the ref will be looking to even up the sides in the 2nd half at some stage so we need to take this game out of his incompetent hands.
iceman10
Eh? How on earth are we 1-1 with these cretins? How are Arsenal playing?
julieloveshenry4ever
Hesselink was a yard offside and then dived. The ESPN analysis team in the half time review are not even mentioning that Hesselink was offside in the first place. Hull City are playing much like their manager's mentor's team now.
Deltaforce
offside and dive.very stupid
MYgood-ners
I lived in Hull for a year as a kid. But I absolutely loathe the football club. Ridiculous.
Sajit
"Get in thier faces" - Phil Brown, Kevin Keegan, Female ESPN reporter before the game. And then you get that disgraceful challenge by Boeteng .... who will only serve a one match ban because they ref too the easy route to send him off. I hate these dirty ********s. PS - When did the FA change the rules so that any Arsenal player who gets poked in the eye by a dirty little **** deserves to get booked?
Rocky7
Diaby, Vermaelen and Denilson have been kicked all game. How is Hull getting away with murder. We need to buckle down and start playing football instead of getting frustrated.
Sajit
We should of had 2 penalties to their zero. Clichys was nailed on but the ref is letting all their fouls on us go. We gotta hammer them in the 2nd half... Camooon!!
Sir Bobo
Oh come on, beef up your players and you'll be fine. Just kidding, don't jump at my throat. :) Arshavin's finish was exquisite. How we missed getting him I never understand.. *shakes his head*
JT_daniel
GREAT TACKLE SOL!
bowiecokemirror
Now, they are going to try to be difficult to break down and hope to hit us on the break. Best we look for a quick 2nd half goal and take it from there. Anything but a 5 goal rout will be a let off for Hull. We must be strong and refuse to fall for their winding up game plan. This is a certain 3 points.
Naijagunner
I should believe that Sol used excesive force in that tackle .... but you know what, it's their rules, we've taken this ***** for too long. F**k 'em.
Rocky7
And come on fellas, draw this one. Please. :)
JT_daniel
we need to bring on someone with a bit more composure in the box... Eduardo is capable of playing little passes in tight areas, and nothing Eboue is doing is coming off. I say bring Eduardo on for him. And this time wasting is getting embarrassing
TPowell
Sol Campbell got sent off? *hopefully* :)
JT_daniel
I think we bring in Walcott for Sol (he could easily be played for RED) and Sagna to pair TV at CB; of course, Eboue to RB. You never know with these refs.
Naijagunner
There's definately more injuries and red cards left in this game ... not so sure about goals.
Rocky7
Our passing game is looking ragged right now. Need to concentrate on football and not on Hull's cynical gameplan. If ab Arsenal player was first offside and then dived to earn a goal he would have been crucified by now. Sol is looking tired and is on a yellow...dare say we bring on Silvestre in his place now.
Deltaforce
Deltaforce, some would argue that this is "English Football". If you guys were in Spain, you would be winning the La Liga easily.
JT_daniel
I take back my 5 goal rout wish. Hull seems to be playing better with 10 men. Why can't we keep the ball and remain sharp in attack? A win will do.
Naijagunner
we need to make a change, no one is getting any support in possession, its really pitiful
TPowell
Theo's ready to come on! For Eboue?
GoonerLou
What the f***ing hell was that?
Rocky7
Oh **** had to swear about that one! Theo did all the hard work to cut the ball back. AA's finishing is woeful today.
GoonerLou
Arshavin seems to have left his shooting boots in the dressing room....what a miss.
Deltaforce
Flippin' typical. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
julieloveshenry4ever
by the way, Arshavin is missing much worse than Bendtner did last week, at least Nick was just barely missing, Arshavin would be getting crucified if he were Bendtner
TPowell
time time time, you had it Andrey
ajwb
Eduardo would've put that one away (and one or two more chances AA had in the first half)!
GoonerLou
Wenger's HT talk screwd up the Russian.. lol
JT_daniel
But Eduardo might not have scored the first,Lou ;)
ajwb
Very true TP - That's three times in the last two matches that AA has absolutely ballooned it over the bar from very easy chances.
Rocky7
Why is it that ever Saturday when I'm out and I look up this to see how we're doing, it's always the same story? Why???
julieloveshenry4ever
It really will take something special from someone from our side to win this...our tempo is low, ball retention is below par today. And Bendtner has just missed another chance....
Deltaforce
I don't know Julie, but your your posts of dispair are usually wiped out by full time .... so keep it up :)
Rocky7
Sod off JT Daniel. B-o-l-l-o-c-k-s to you.
julieloveshenry4ever
Ah come on, it's just friendly, winding up banter from a fellow footy fan. :)
JT_daniel
Cesc is invaluable in these scrappy games. Always up for it and dangerous in the final third. Barring the superb finish by AA for the first goal we have been dismal in the final third.
Deltaforce
Hey Julie didn't you notice everybody ignored the troll? Come on we're pushing higher up, don't play him onside. ;)
GoonerLou
I've spent half this game waiting for Myhill to take his kicks
TPowell
Oh come on, was I that bad? I'm sorry fellas. Sincerely. :)
JT_daniel
Right. Time to resort to superstition. Here we go: "is there ANY good news yet??"
julieloveshenry4ever
Getting closer
ajwb
We've scored 100 goals this season. We've scored more goals in the league at this stage than any other team in history ..... how I don't know. We must be one of the most wasteful teams around.
Rocky7
aren't teams embarrassed by time wasting like this?
TPowell
How did Mendy get away with so much barging and shoving in the penalty box today!! Sol gave away a penalty for much much less.
Deltaforce
Yeah Rocky, baffling isn't it! Despite all their fouls and the lucky pen, it's our own profligacy (AA especially guilty) that's costing us 2 points today.
GoonerLou
Nicky B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TPowell
wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
gronedrone
NICKKKKKKKK!!!! :D :D :D
GoonerLou
Priceless!!!! Bendtner!!!
Naijagunner
YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS BENDTNER!!!!!!!
Deltaforce
See you got your winner!
JT_daniel
YEEEEEEEES HOLY EBOUE
ajwb
This is the kind of result that provides a real psychological boost in the title race
tuscan3000
come on now, lets hold on
TPowell
YEAAAAHHH
gunnerkid107
Oh dear oh dear oh dear let's shut up shop and park the bus in front of the shop now!!!
GoonerLou
super, super nick, super, super nick, super nicklas bendtner
gronedrone
The ref's getting ridiculously obvious - still hasn't blown the whistle after 96 mins...
GoonerLou
To be fair, these midweek CL games do have an effect on the weekend games. Now, let's just hang on till the finish line. Phew!!
Naijagunner
By the way, that was Denilsons powerful long shot and Bendtners excellent half-volley in... maybe we should accept that these players are actually good enough
TPowell
This was one of those dont care how we did, as long as we did.
gronedrone
YYYEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! For Julie.
Rocky7
PHEEEEWWWW
GoonerLou
Yeah Denilson deserves great credit in testing the keeper..we just dont seem to do that enough. It just requires one mistake like Myhill made today to win a tight game like this one. Kudos to you Denilson.
Deltaforce
We are still in the title mix, is all that matters. Fancy hoping for a real drubbing. The lads did look tired in the 2nd half.
Naijagunner
Denilson had a spectacularly unspectacular match. He did his job perfect
gunnerkid107
Hahaha You couldn't beat Hull in 90 minutes and needed the bent ref to give 6 mins Arsene Time Win the title you're having a laugh
refereesfavourbig4
Yeah they did look tired Naija, lucky we have a week off to rest up, and get Cesc and Song back of course
TPowell
right, except we scored in the 3rd minute of extra time, not the 6th. Also, I guess you missed their 'penalty'
TPowell
Hahaha we scored in the 92nd minute! It wouldn't have mattered if there was only 3 added minutes.
gunnerkid107
What a truly **** side Hull are! Sh*t tactics on a **** pitch in front of **** officials! How did Fagan get away with an assault off the ball on Sagna, that the lino clearly saw and reported, without a card? If the guy who reffed our Porto game were in charge of this one Hull wouldn't have got away with anything like the fouls they committed in the first half. If we've contributed to that lot going out of the PL then we'll have done football a favour.
Amos.
Yes! The old superstition wins through again! A very important 3 points that, off awkward gits! Luck is very important in these trophy races! Keep up the grit!
julieloveshenry4ever
Amos is fired up!
TPowell
The midfield 3 were dire but dug in, lets get the f*@k out of there with are 3 points and hope we never have to go back. Stick to the Rugby w@nkers.
iceman10
Gritty wins are vital. And BYE BYE Phil Orange hopefully. If we contribute to him going down, it'll be job well done.
julieloveshenry4ever
referresfavourbig4, we don't care what you think or say. Bottom line is, points to the Arsenal, still in the title race and still ahead of you!
Keplaz
I don't know what would have been more preferable ..... a 5-0 win, or the win the way we got it, breaking Hull hearts and giving the shower of **** that Hull Football Club something to whinge about. The sooner they're back where they belong the better.
Rocky7
Amos it's the first time I've experienced you rattled and *****ed off and I'm liking it, I'm glad you saved it for the toss rags from the Alerdician occult.
Professor Calculus
It just goes to show what type of club they are when for 90 minutes you feckin hate Jimmy Bullard.
iceman10
Yeah Amos, please add Bendtner's mysterious yellow to that list. The ref's so baffling that his performance warrants investigation or something. Indeed helping to send Hull down was what's on my mind the whole game, what a load of ****e, their football doesn't qualify as entertainment on TV. Glad we've got a week now - AA, Sol, Nasri and Eboue faded in the 2nd half. Basically everyone in our front 6 a few kicks in the process. Hoping Cesc, Tomas and even Gallas can come back soon. For once I'm happy to have no football for a week cos the break's welcome!
GoonerLou
haha Rocky, I think I like that we got their hopes up allowing Big Nick to crush them!
TPowell
After Nicky scored that beautiful goal, Joe Roayle said "I don't know why, but the best teams always seem to have the luck over the bottom sides" It's got nothing to do with luck and everything to do with Hull being *****. Had Gallas, Cesc and van Persie been fit (and a decent referee) Hull woulda got the proper pasting their 'orrible little club deserves.
Rocky7
I was thinking the same thing Prof, it's not often you see Amos lose his rag! And to "Refsfavourthebig4" ..... Bendtner scored after two minutes of injury time you mug. That 6 minutes was actually more of a hinderence to us.
Rocky7
also it wouldn't have been 6 minutes if Zayatte hadn't have come back on to roll around on the ground for another 3 minutes....
TPowell
Whether Delap took more time to throw a silly ball in or Myhill to kick the ball up field, I really don't know...
GoonerLou
1. I need to stop watching the stream and just follow live text on BBC if we are to win. Has worked against Stoke and Hull. 2. Julie needs to post something negative about Arsenal midway through the game. 3. Hull city needs to go down.
Sajit
These pundits are so bad it's not even funny anymore, they are making points which have no value or require expert analysis, they are discussing issues which are totally irrelevant. It's hard to emphasis how bad they are, it's as if a bunch of village idiots from the dark ages have been beamed in to the 21st century and are being paid to discuss the issues of how to deal with witches and wizards, some defend their magical abilities, others say they can't be trusted, and during this bull***** discussion you just want to point out "You do know witches and wizards don't exist right? There's nothing to discuss, you're trying to makes a serious point about something which doesn't even exist" These ******** pundits still believe in stuff like luck being a living force which is aware of who Arsenal are. Do they even watch football? How can they watch a game and say something so pointless?
Professor Calculus
its a shame Stoke, Hull, and Bolton won't all be going down this year, while respectable clubs like Burnley and Pompey will be
TPowell
Very true! You see Sajit, there is METHOD to my negativity in these situations. I'm trying reverse psychology to swing the game round in our favour when it ain't going to plan. Almost every time I ask for good news, we score subsequently. Heh, heh, it's my system and I'm sticking to it!
julieloveshenry4ever
Im all for it Julie! As I said, its going to be a pain just following it on live text - and not actually watch the match.. but the rewards are well worth the pain. :)
Sajit
5th goal we've scored in or after the 90th min in the last four league games. awesome stuff. it's about time we bring our title back to the home of football..
luckys_10
Sometimes Winning ugly, is the only way to Win!
hackneyval
and always, winning it in stoppage time is the most pleasureable of all wins :)
luckys_10
my nephew was at the game, and he said the hull fans were singing "we love shawcoss" or something to that effect...what a bunch of w@n kers
fran merida
then it kicked off
fran merida
i thought i heard the crowd singing "one ryan shawcross" but i thought it was my subconscious picking it up, if they did sing ryan shawcross name they are just as bad as the stoke supporters who were singing that ramsey only had one leg.
gronedrone
Did the Hull fans really do that? I hope they go down to the Championship - for just one year - and keep sinking until they reach hell! >_<
GoonerLou
Yeah, Luckys_10. Those stoppage time winners are just a RUSH. Not good for the heart, mind you, but still more satisfying. Sky sports actually, puts us at 8 goals after the 90th minute (for the season), along with Chelsea. It seems like the exact way we shall take this title; a late show, when they least expect it. Can't wait.
Naijagunner
** for the season, so far.
Naijagunner
Can't believe we got the goal, I was jumping around like a lunatic. Just hope Cesc can come back soon and if somehow RvP can then that would be amazing.
Gooner_Vin
 

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