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Hull City 0-3 Arsenal

Lukas Podolski

Arsenal kept control of the destiny of the fourth and final Champions League spot as Lukas Podolski scored twice in an easy Premier League win at Hull.

Arsenal stay a point clear of Everton - who beat Manchester United - but nearly conceded to a Shane Long effort.

The Gunners took control as Santi Cazorla set up Aaron Ramsey to fire in and Podolski buried a half-volley.

Podolski turned in a loose ball after the break and Hull never threatened to peg back their FA Cup final opponents.

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The two teams will meet again at Wembley on 17 May and Hull's fans began the afternoon by reminding their opponents of their 100% record at the venue, having won the 2008 Championship play-off final, and the recent FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United.

The Tigers will have to perform a lot better if they are to stifle a rejuvenated Arsenal in next month's encounter, though, and still have a faint threat of relegation hanging over them.

Steve Bruce's side are six points above the drop zone but have three away games - at Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester United - before finishing their league campaign at home to Champions League-chasing Everton.

Hull 0-3 Arsenal: Steve Bruce still wary of relegation threat

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Hull 0-3 Arsenal: Steve Bruce still wary of relegation threat

Arsenal will hope to finish their own season by not only securing fourth spot but repeating this victory to clinch their first silverware in nine years.

Achieving those aims might be enough to persuade manager Arsene Wenger to extend a contract that expires at the end of the season.

Played in blustery conditions which caused an early hold-up in play as advertising hoardings were blown across the pitch, and against opponents committed to pressing high and hard, this match had the potential to be a tough one for the Gunners.

But apart from a couple of early opportunities for Hull, most notably when Long cleared the bar from a tight angle and Jake Livermore drilled against the post from distance, Arsenal looked secure.

Jake Livermore helps clear the pitch
Hull players clear the pitch after hoardings blow onto the playing surface

The visitors' opening goal arrived as Mesut Ozil, a peripheral figure on his first start in six weeks, fed Cazorla and the Spaniard poked a well-weighted pass through for a surging Ramsey to apply the finish.

Ramsey only returned to action earlier this month after a thigh injury picked up on Boxing Day, and showed the attacking intelligence that Arsenal have often missed in his absence.

With half-time looming referee Jonathan Moss ignored appeals for a foul as Nikica Jelavic went down in a challenge with Mikel Arteta, Arsenal swept upfield and Ramsey's chested lay-off gave Podolski the space to fire a crisp shot into the bottom corner.

Nine minutes after the break, the German's second all but ended the game as a contest.

Again Hull failed to shut down the space once Arsenal smuggled the ball through their first line of defence and Cazorla had time to look up at the byeline and pick out Ramsey on the edge of the box.

Steve Harper could only parry the Welshman's first-time effort back out into the six-yard box and Podolski was first to the loose ball to notch his fifth in as many games.

Arsenal could have had more. Olivier Giroud hit the bar after a misjudgement by Harper, Per Mertesacker nodded just over, and Ramsey brought a good save out of the Hull goalkeeper.

Oddly, Arsenal's win makes Hull's qualification for Europe more likely.

If Arsenal make the Champions League, they will no longer need the place in the Europa League which is reserved for the FA Cup winners.

That spot would go to Hull - regardless of whether they are victorious in next month's Wembley showcase.

The race for Champions League qualification
ArsenalEverton
Monday 28 April: Newcastle (a)Saturday 26 April: Southampton (a)
Sunday 4 May: West Brom (h)Saturday 3 May: Man City (h)
Sunday 11 May: Norwich (a)Sunday 11 May: Hull (a)

Line-ups

Hull

  • 22Harper
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 2Rosenior
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 5Chester
  • 6Davies
  • 7MeylerBooked at 16mins
  • 14Livermore
  • 21LongSubstituted forFryattat 45'minutes
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forQuinnat 70'minutes
  • 17BoydSubstituted forKorenat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Figueroa
  • 4Bruce
  • 10Koren
  • 12Fryatt
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 20Sagbo
  • 29Quinn

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Sagna
  • 17Monreal
  • 16Ramsey
  • 4MertesackerBooked at 14mins
  • 6Koscielny
  • 19Cazorla
  • 8Arteta
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 74'minutes
  • 11ÖzilSubstituted forFlaminiat 61'minutes
  • 9PodolskiSubstituted forSanogoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rosicky
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Fabianski
  • 22Sanogo
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 29Källström
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
24,762

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Arsenal 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Arsenal 3.
Offside, Hull City. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.
Offside, Hull City. Stephen Quinn tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.
Attempt saved. Matty Fryatt (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Meyler.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Lukas Podolski.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces George Boyd.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.
Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.
Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Attempt missed. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a set piece situation.
Hand ball by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Olivier Giroud.
Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).
David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Nikica Jelavic.
Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).
Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Mesut Özil.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.
Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by George Boyd with a cross.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.
Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Arsenal 3. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.
Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
Matty Fryatt (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.
Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Hull City) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Arsenal 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Shane Long.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hull City 0, Arsenal 2.
Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Arsenal 2. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.
Attempt saved. Shane Long (Hull City) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a cross.
Attempt missed. Shane Long (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.
Dangerous play by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).
James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).
Attempt missed. George Boyd (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.
Jake Livermore (Hull City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by David Meyler.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Arsenal 1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.
Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3525555280
2Chelsea3523664175
3Man City3322565471
4Arsenal3521772170
5Everton3520962369
6Tottenham3519610263
7Man Utd34176111657
8Southampton35131012549
9Newcastle3514417-1546
10Stoke35111113-1044
11Crystal Palace3513418-1343
12West Ham3510718-1037
13Swansea359917-436
14Hull3410618-936
15Aston Villa349817-1435
16West Brom3361512-1133
17Norwich358819-2832
18Cardiff357919-3430
19Fulham359323-4230
20Sunderland347819-2429
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