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By Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    OK, that's all from us. The match report is online and packed full of match facts, and we will have reaction to the game on the site later.

    Cheerio.

  2. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    Pleasingly for Arsenal fans, it would appear they don't need any major surgery over the summer to be able pose a closer title challenge next season.

    Arsene Wenger appears to have found his strongest XI, giving him the luxury of naming a settled same XI in their last four games, and they are getting the results on the pitch.

    A world-class keeper away from being a genuine contender?

  3. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The game between Hull and Burnley next weekend is the game of the day for me next week. It's going to be massive. If they can beat Burnley, I think they will stay up. But the tension will be incredible."

  4. Manager reaction

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce, speaking to Sky Sports: "When you are trying to chase with the quality Arsenal have it is there for everyone to see. It was one of those really difficult evening and thankfully we stuck at it, which was pleasing, and we have a big game at the weekend [against Burnley].

    "We wanted to make sure in the second half it was not one of those horrible evenings. You are torn, you want to chase the game but then again you don't want to leave yourself wide open. We gave ourselves a chance with the goal but we played against a very, very good side and found it difficult.

    "We have to respond, they have been used to that over the last couple of years but we have to dust ourselves down and get ready for the weekend and the next few games because we are still in there with a shout.

    "It [the Burnley game] is not going to keep us up or send us down because there are still two games after that. We still have it all to do and it is a big game, we are aware of that. A result will be good."

  5. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Burnley and QPR are going to struggle, but the fight for the last remaining relegation place will go down to the last game."

  6. How the table looks for Hull

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Hull

    Here is how the bottom of the table looks for Hull, who remain one point above the relegation zone but drop to 17th on goal difference.

    The Tigers have home games against Burnley and Manchester United to come, as well as an away trip to Tottenham. You would think three points will see them home and dry, but things might get a bit tense if they fail to get them against Burnley...

  7. Manager reaction

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger on BBC Sport: "We created some good moments today, overall I could see a good mix between focus, fluency and confidence - and with the technical qualities we have we created some good moments.

    "It is all about finishing second for us, step by step, I believe now we are certain to make the top four and now it is about finishing second but even more so to keep the quality high and concentrate on the next game.

    "Being in the cup final helps us to keep our concentration but I feel we have made progress and we want to continue to develop as a team. Jack Wilshere returned and had a good game in his 25 minutes so that is a big positive. Aaron Ramsey got a big kick and that is swollen but it should not be too bad."

  8. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think it is vital Arsenal finish second. It is probably not a position you should be proud of, but they are making progress- they won the FA Cup last year and they are going in the right direction.

    "Of al the teams in the top four I think they are the best equipped to challenge next year."

  9. How the table looks for Arsenal

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    Arsenal stay third after that win but are level on points with second-place Manchester City, and they have a game in hand. They have three home games to come and just the one away, at Manchester United.

    Can they secure a first top two finish in a decade?

    Arsenal
  10. Arsene Wenger is...

    Here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for.

    You have been voting this evening on what Star Wars character (because it is Star Wars Day) Arsene Wenger would be and the winner is...Yoda with 31.9% of the vote.

    Like it, he will?

  11. Player reaction

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Santiz Cazorla

    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla: "The team are in a good moment. We want to keep this level until the end of the season. Second is important for me and the team, so we need to keep this level going.

    "We want to win the title next year, we want to to stay in second until the end of the season but the most important thing now is to finish in the Champions League and win the FA Cup."

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Great win from the boys tonight and good to see Jack Wilshere back on the pitch.

  13. Dominant Gunners

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    No surprise to see Arsenal very dominant in the full-time possession stats. They also finished with 22 shots on goal, compared to seven for Hull, nine of those on target.

  14. Spirited Hull

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Some fans have stayed behind to applaud the Hull players"

    "Hull were beaten by an outstanding team performance and Steve Bruce will probably say that to his players. Hull started the game too slow and couldn't recover from that because Arsenal were too good but at least in the second half they showed more spirit."

  15. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ronaldo Burgundy: Credit where it's due, Hull consolidated well and actually won the second half 1-0.

    AGrumpyMan: Goal difference will decide last relegation spot. Newcastle and Villa should worry. All good for my Leicester!

  16. Football social

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Arsenal

    The lines are open now for Radio 5 live's football social - get calling on 0500 909693 or tweet to @bbc5live.

    Phil Neville has been very strong on Arsenal tonight - suggesting they are a world-class keeper away from being genuine title contenders.

    Do you agree?

  17. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Arsenal need a world class keeper. If they get that keeper in who wins games for them by saving those goals, I think Arsenal could be a Championship-winning team."

  18. FULL-TIME

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    All over and it is a deserved win for Arsenal. Hull put up more of a fight in the second half but the game was all but won by the visitors in the first 45 minutes.

    The win all but seals a top four finish for Arsenal while Hull remain one point above the relegation zone.

  19. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I hear Arsenal fans say they want a new manager, maybe a Klopp? But you just have to look at the play in that first half. I'm a massive fan of Wenger's football"

  20. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    One last chance as Alexis Sanchez, on a hat-trick, breaks on the counter, twists and turns to get inside the area but slices wide of the far post.

  21. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Half a chance for Arsenal as Theo Walcott is picked out in the middle of the area, but drags his shot wide.

  22. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Four minutes of added time. Hull are going to need to muster up something special to snatch a point from this.

  23. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Steve Bruce will be happy that his team have kept going, they have not given in and they have been spirited. I feared the worst for them at half-time but they played a little higher up after the break, got a goal and had more energy. They can take that into their massive game against Burnley next weekend. I think that one win might be enough for Bruce's team. I just cannot see Sunderland winning two of their last four games."

  24. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    ...wasted. A terrible set piece eventually drifts behind for an Arsenal goal kick.

  25. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Two minutes of normal time remaining, surely not enough for Hull to get two goals? Tom Huddlestone has a free-kick midway inside the Arsenal half...

  26. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    If I was an Arsenal fan, I'd have my heart in my mouth every time Jack Wilshere has the ball. He's not holding back in this game and he races forward again as he gets a pass off Hector Bellerin, powers at the Hull defence before tumbling just inside the area. No foul, though.

  27. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Olivier Giroud has been a little bit off tonight, his levels not quite right. Theo Walcott will come on and look to exploit space. Arsenal will now try to keep possession of the ball. Hull had a period after half-time when they had a glimmer of hope but apart from that Arsenal have been fantastic."

  28. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger opts to throw some pace at the tiring Hull legs as Theo Walcott replaces Olivier Giroud for the final five minutes.

  29. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Steve Harper may be 40 but he has displayed the reactions of someone much younger in this game and he does it again to deny Hector Bellerin's fierce strike, before Jack Wilshere's follow up is cleared off the line by James Chester.

  30. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Jelavic is a brilliant natural finisher, he was sensational in his first season at Everton. He always gets a shot off."

  31. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Nikica Jelavic is the focus of Hull's attacks now as Ahmed Elmohamady gets forward and squeezes a cross, aimed at the striker, between two Arsenal players, but Laurent Koscielny gets his head to the ball first and clears.

  32. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jack's back...

    Belete Eshetea: Wilshere looks very sharp. Let's hope he stay injury free next season! #bbcfootball

    Nick ÜTA: Wilshere is an absolute terrier! Imagine how good he'd be if his knees didn't have their own bus pass... #bbcfootball

    Ronaldo Burgundy: Arsenal have the best squad of midfielders in the world. Discuss.

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  33. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Into the final 10 minutes. Arsenal are on the ball again as Mesut Ozil wins a corner.

    Hull take the opportunity to make their last change as Stephen Quinn is replaced by returning striker Nikica Jelavic, who has been out since mid-March after having knee surgery.

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    Sachin Sadier: Meyler has more damage to him than maypac combined

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  35. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Wilshire has made such a difference since he came on. Arsenal wont be looking to sell him. You don't sell your home-grown players, especially not ones with that level of talent. It sends the wrong message. He just needs to stay injury free"

  36. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    No problems for David Meyler with that black eye as he exchanges passes with Ahmed Elmohamady to set up a Hull chance, getting into the Arsenal area and squaring the ball into the middle but he can't find a Hull shirt.

    You sense there is at least one more goal in this, but who will get it?

  37. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Hull switching to a flat back four has done little to halt the wave of Arsenal attacks as they again press in numbers, their latest attack ending with Santi Cazorla sidefooting weakly at Steve Harper.

  38. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Hull City's David Meyler

    "David Meyler looks very dazed in there. I will be surprised if he finishes this game."

  39. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez takes the free-kick, but smashes the ball into the wall and Hull can breathe easy.

    Meanwhile, David Meyler is back on the pitch, sporting a shiner of a black eye. Can he even see out of that eye??

  40. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That's the biggest problem with Jack Wilshere. His career at the moment is fragmented. No one questions his ability but he hasn't had a good run of games without picking up an injury. Just when he looks like he is about to kick on, he picks up an injury."

  41. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Is Jack Wilshere going to ease himself back into playing? Nope, he charges forward on a lung-busting run and clatters straight into a Hull defender, winning a free-kick just outside the home side's area.

    Replays then show David Meyler taking a nasty knock to the eye at the other of the pitch by the trailing foot of Laurent Koscielny.

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Augustus Sammons: Arsenal are playing some sublime football at times.

  43. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's nice to see Jack Wilshere back. Aaron Ramsey has been fantastic on that right side, his pass for the third goal was sensational."

  44. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Now Arsenal make a change and I would imagine there will be a few relieved faces in the Hull team as Aaron Ramsey, who has been excellent, goes off. On comes Jack Wilshere in his place, making his first appearance on the pitch after five months out with a knee problem.

  45. Text us on 81111

    Laolu Akerele, London: I still don't understand how hazard is always thought of as better than Sanchez, Sanchez proves this almost every match. The stats speak for themselves, Sanchez has more goals and assists in his first season in the premier league

    George - London: We might not be as ruthless as Chelsea or other teams but i know which team i'd rather watch. This exactly why Mourinho gets irked by the boring chants. His teams can only play like that on Playstation!

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  46. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was another one-two and Ramsey went for absolute power when he should have placed it, and he sliced it wide."

  47. SUBSTITUTION

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Almost for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey volleys over from Olivier Giroud's flick. Hull boss Steve Bruce responds to the chances for Arsenal by making another change as defender Andrew Robertson comes on for Sone Aluko. It looks like the hosts are going to a flat back four.

  48. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Cheeky from Mesut Ozil as he takes out James Chester with a brilliant flick to send Alexis Sanchez away down the left. The Chilean tries to play the ball back into the path of Ozil, but Steve Harper is out to clear.

  49. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    The Hull fans have found their voice but Arsenal are stepping up a gear as Santi Cazorla plays a one-two on the edge of the area and is about to pull the trigger, before Paul McShane powers in and hacks the ball behind.

  50. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is better from Hull - David Meyler has made the difference. He's given the team energy."

  51. CLOSE!

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Hull have found some belief and it is almost 3-2 as Ahmed Elmohamady swings in a cross from the right and finds Paul McShane, who powers a header just over. This might not be as easy as Arsenal were anticipating at half time.

  52. Post update

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Arsenal are complaining about the tackle in the build-up but it was a brilliant ball in from Ahmed Elmohamady and a good header."

  53. GOAL

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal - Stephen Quinn

    A lifeline for Hull as they pull a goal back. David Meyler and Laurent Koscielny challenge for a loose ball and it squeezes out to Ahmed Elmohamady, who lifts the ball into the area and Stephen Quinn heads home. Arsenal were fuming, they wanted a free-kick for Meyler's challenge on Francis Coquelin during the build-up but the goal stands.

    Hull v Arsenal
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    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Ronaldo Burgundy: Compared to Di Maria at £59million, Sanchez looking like £35million very well spent. #InWengerWeTrust

    Agubata Odinaka: On tonight's display, Hull City will be relegated in any of the top 6 leagues in Europe. So much for the quality of the EPL.

  55. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal are good at finding and exploiting the gaps in Hull's three-man defence and Alexis Sanchez almost creates a chance for Olivier Giroud when he sprays the ball from halfway through the middle for his team-mate to chase, but Steve Harper is quick off his line to get to the ball first.

  56. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Arsenal have been fantastic. It was the result at the Etihad which changed their season. They have gone to Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool and won - which you have to do if you want to become champions."

  57. Text us on 81111

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Kevin Uppal, Leeds: "All this talk of Arsenal winning the league in a few years? Have we forgotten they are 13 points away from a Chelsea team of youngsters, most of whom haven't reached their peak potential? Reality check needed."

  58. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Hull boss Steve Bruce storms out of his seat and strides towards the edge of his technical area, barking instructions at an unfortunate player. The hosts have not started this half as well as he would have liked, with Arsenal continuing to look untroubled.

  59. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Hull have got three games to go - they won't get relegated tonight. They need to make sure they keep their heads, their composure and don't concede four, five, six or seven. That would really damage them."

  60. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Hull City

    Hull are straight on the attack but it is nothing to worry David Ospina as Sone Aluko slices an effort well off target. Frustrating stuff for Hull boss Steve Bruce.

  61. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Shohidur Rahman: No surprise Livermore was taken off. He was woeful.

  62. KICK-OFF

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Can Hull fight back? Or will it once again be the Arsenal show?

    Steve Bruce makes a change with Jake Livermore not emerging for the second half, David Meyler taking his place as Hull get us back under way.

  63. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    The three goals conceded by Hull means they drop below Leicester on goal difference. Key for the Tigers in the second half will surely be preventing Arsenal from adding to their lead. That goal difference could prove crucial come the end of the season.

  64. Super Sanchez

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    It is hard to pick out who was the best player for Arsenal in that half, with some great performances from Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

    Alexis Sanchez, though, was brilliant. As the above heat map shows, he did his fair share of getting back and defending when needed, but also got forward when necessary and has been rewarded for his efforts with two goals.

  65. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That's the best 45 minutes I've seen Arsenal play since the days of Vieira and Petit. It was magnificent... it was 'wow' football. It is winning-big-trophies type of football."

  66. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    This is not about Hull being bad. This is Arsenal simply playing some brilliant football.

    They are equally dangerous down either flank and through the middle and most sides would struggle to deal with some of the stuff the Gunners produced in that half. Champagne football.

  67. HALF-TIME

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator on 5 live at the KC Stadium

    "If Arsenal do win the league in the next few years, we won't have a media debate about boring, boring Arsenal."

    Phil Neville added: "I think Arsenal might actually need to become a little more boring to win the league."

  68. Post update

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was Tom Huddlestone who lost the ball, but the pass from Aaron Ramsey was magnificent. It was defence-splitting, he reversed it inside with his left foot - it was even better than Santi Cazorla's pass for the second goal."

  69. GOAL

    Hull 0-3 Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez

    Wonderful stuff from Arsenal and you would imagine that is that. Aaron Ramsey splits the defence with an excellent ball for Alexis Sanchez, who rounds Steve Harper and sidefoots home.

    Alexis Sanchez
  70. Post update

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    A Hull goal seems unlikely as Arsenal threaten twice in quick succession. First a low, flowing move ends with Mesut Ozil fizzing in a low effort from just inside the area, but Steve Harper makes the save, before the Hull keeper denies Alexis Sanchez straight after.

  71. Post update

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    It looks like the wait for a first home win for Hull against Arsenal in the league since 1915 is set to go on, but a result from this might have been seen as a bonus anyway, with a crunch game against Burnley next on the horizon. Win that, and surely they will be safe?

    Still, plenty of time to go in this game and a goal before the break would certainly make things interesting.

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    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    Adam in Darlington: Sanchez might be grabbing headlines, but Cazorla has been our best player. Excellent defending and sublime passing.

  73. Post update

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    Tom Huddlestone tries to catch out the Arsenal defence with a quick free-kick from the centre circle. He finds Dame N'Doye, who peels away from his marker and has a clear sight of goal, but shoots wide. He was offside anyway.

  74. Post update

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal are running the show at the moment as they go on the hunt for a third, Steve Harper having to push behind Santi Cazorla's low drive at his near post for an Arsenal corner, which Hull manage to clear.

  75. Post update

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The goalkeeper had no chance with either goal."

    Alexis Sanchez
  76. GOAL

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey

    Oh Hull have a mountain to climb now as Arsenal add a quick second! Santi Cazorla plays a superb ball into the area for Aaron Ramsey whose shot deflects off the challenge of Robbie Brady and loops into the net.

  77. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hull 0-1 Arsenal

    Mahesh: The moment when you foul Sanchez to stop him scoring and then he scores the free kick anyway.

  78. YELLOW CARD

    Hull 0-1 Arsenal

    Another yellow card for Hull as Dame N'Doye clips the heels of Nacho Monreal as he tried to get away on another Arsenal break.

    Can Hull get back into this? They need to push on a bit more than they did for the first half hour if they are to do so.

  79. Post update

    Hull 0-1 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Alexis Sanchez (right) celebrates scoring

    "It was a massive stroke of luck for Arsenal. Steve Harper was going to his right-hand side but the ball glanced the head of Michael Dawson in the wall and the keeper couldn't adjust."

  80. GOAL

    Hull 0-1 Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez

    Superb from Alexis Sanchez - with a little help on the way. From just outside the area, he curls the free-kick into the back of the net to give the visitors a deserved lead. There was a bit of a deflection off Michael Dawson, but nevertheless a well-taken free-kick.

  81. YELLOW CARD

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez steals the ball off Tom Huddlestone and scampers off towards the Hull area. Jake Livermore can do nothing but stick out a leg and take Sanchez down. Yellow card for Livermore and free-kick Arsenal...

  82. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think it was a bad tackle - he followed through with his studs into Ramsey's ankle. I think Ramsey's struggling now."

  83. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Some worried faces in the away end as Aaron Ramsey goes down after a crunching challenge by Tom Huddlestone and immediately grabs his knee, wincing in pain.

    He's eventually able to hobble off the pitch, before slowly jogging it off. He's good to carry on.

    Aaron Ramsey
  84. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal

    "Arsenal banner at Hull City before kick-off £5bn and what do we get? £64 a ticket."

  85. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "He should have scored - it was a sitter really. He was four yards out but he just headed the ball back towards from where it came from."

  86. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    This game has opened up now and Hull are carving out a few opportunities. Robbie Brady swings in a cross and Sone Aluko rises to meet the ball, he mis-judges his jump, though, and fails to connect properly. Arsenal immediately break on the counter through Alexis Sanchez, but Hull stop the charge. The Tigers are going to have to watch that counter, though.

  87. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Ambitious. Dame N'Doye wants his Charlie Adam moment as he spots Arsenal keeper David Ospina off his line and has a crack from just inside the Arsenal half. He's not Charlie Adam though and the ball sails well wide.

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    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    James in Bath: Song of the night from the Hull fans - "City of culture, we know what we are".

  89. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a brilliant counter-attack from Arsenal. Coquelin won the ball on the edge of his own box and Mesut Ozil took the ball on. They just didn't have the quality at the end and it was a good tackle from Tom Huddlestone."

  90. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    ...Robbie Brady curls the free-kick in, it is cleared to Jake Livermore on the edge of the Arsenal area but he can't get his shot away and Arsenal escape on the counter through Mesut Ozil. The ball eventually falls to Francis Coquelin, who is one of several Arsenal players to have joined the attack, but Hull get back to close him down inside the area and the chance is gone.

  91. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal

    Pure domination from Arsenal in these opening stages but no goals as yet. Hull have a chance, though, now with a free-kick on the left side of the Gunners' area. Good chance this...

  92. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "When Alexis Sanchez comes in off the left, he's so difficult to mark. He's kept going all season and has got real mental strength. He's been impressive all season. When I look at players like Sanchez and Costa, they are like street footballers - they keep going."

  93. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    That's better! Finally a moment of excitement in an otherwise dull opening as Alexis Sanchez skips along the edge of the area, avoiding the desperate lunges of a couple of Hull players before smashing a first-time drive from the edge of the area that Steve Harper punches away.

    Hull v Arsenal
  94. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal have had 83% of the possession in a very one-sided opening to this game and the Hull fans are starting to get a little restless. Steve Harper has not been troubled in the Hull goal, but it is the Gunners who look most likely to get the first goal.

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    Managers as Star Wars characters

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  96. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Hull were quick to harry and pester Liverpool last-time out, a tactic that clearly unsettled Brendan Rodgers's side and paved the way for the Tigers to secure a surprise win.

    They are not pressing quite as aggressively this time, although Francis Coquelin takes a whack from a stray elbow as Hull try to create their first chance of the game. The Arsenal man is good to continue though.

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    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Ian, Northolt: Big shout out to Truro City who have won promotion to the National League South just 3 years after nearly becoming extinct!

  98. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Hull will let Arsenal have possession, will drop back to the halfway line knowing they have two strikers up front who have pace to hurt Arsenal on the counter-attack."

  99. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Hull have barely touched the ball as Arsenal continue to exchange passes in midfield, patiently probing for an opening. No clear-cut chances as yet, though.

  100. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think this is a different Arsenal to the one we've seen for the last eight years. This last three months, Arsenal look like a team who are much closer to winning the title - especially after winning at the Etihad against Manchester City."

  101. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Hull have not set up to defend against an in-form Arsenal side, they've gone for three at the back and five in midfield, with Sone Aluko and Dame N'Doye the front two.

    However, it is the visitors who have dominated possession in the early stages and they fashion half a chance when Aaron Ramsey crosses for Olivier Giroud, but he pokes over under pressure.

  102. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Arsenal

    Who will the force be strongest in tonight? (last Star Wars Day reference, honest!)

    Arsenal get us under way.

  103. LINE-UPS

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    One last reminder of the teams before the players emerge onto the KC Stadium pitch:

    Hull XI: Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Brady, N'Doye, Aluko. Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Hernandez, Jelavic, Robertson.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Rosicky, Wilshere, Walcott, Flamini.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  104. Post update

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    The players have finished their warm-ups and wandered back into their respective dressing rooms. Ten minutes until kick-off...

    Hull City KC Stadium
  105. Text us on 81111

    Matt, Romford: Impressive work, Rory (19:34). Referencing a minor character from Episode 1. The force is strong with this one!

  106. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Siddharth Meno: At least Arsene Wenger wouldn't struggle with those pesky zippers in this...

    Arsene Wenger
  107. Text us on 81111

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    Anonymous texter: Hands up who searched for Watto (19:34) immediately? I did.

    So did we, Anon. But please remember to include your name on all texts.

  108. Recent form

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Both sides head into this game in good form, Hull having beaten Crystal Palace and Liverpool in their last two games and Arsenal extending their unbeaten run to nine games, although they did draw against Chelsea last time out.

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    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manraikkonen: May the fourth place in the Premiership be with you Emperor Pellegrini.

  110. 'Arsenal are the form team'

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "When you play against your big boys, you have to be at your maximum. We've managed to do that in our last few games but can we do it again? Arsenal are the form team at the moment.

    "They have got great players - they have got clever players up front and it's imperative we don't let them play in gaps. We've given ourselves a good chance to survive now - everyone is performing at the bottom now."

  111. A touching gesture

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Hull City

    This is a nice touch.

    Hull City say they will be paying their respects to Gregory Mertens, the Lokeren defender who died of heart failure after collapsing during a match last week. Mertens played against Hull in the Europa League earlier this season.

  112. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Rory Gallimore: Sean Dyche. Watto. Likes a bargain. Voice of a chronic chain-smoker.

    Watto anyone? Me neither...

  113. Team news

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Both teams name unchanged sides tonight, but Arsenal are without Danny Welbeck who isn't fit to take his place on the bench because of inflammation in his knee. Jack Wilshere will be hoping to make his first appearance since November.

    Hull have leading scorer Nikica Jelavic back on the bench after being sidelined for seven weeks following surgery.

    Hull XI: Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Brady, N'Doye, Aluko. Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Hernandez, Jelavic, Robertson.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Rosicky, Wilshere, Walcott, Flamini.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  114. Post update

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Hull v Arsenal

    Ah, there we have it. The half-and-half scarves are out in force as per usual.

    I can just about understand such scarves for a cup final, but Hull versus Arsenal on a Monday night?

  115. Text us on 81111

    Managers as Star Wars characters

    Arsenal

    Ben, london: I always think of arsene Wenger as admiral ackbar - master strategist but prone to falling into a trap every now and then. Especially when playing Chelsea - who clearly know the dark side of the force.

    Adam in Northampton: Tim Sherwood is Han Solo. Cocky, Arrogant but comes out on top!! UTV.

    Rob J in Brum: Tim Sherwood is Han Solo. A bit wide, but a man to have in a tight spot and one you know will be instrumental in glory.

    Kim, Southampton: Not exactly a PL Manager I know, but Saint's Coach Sammy Lee is a ringer for an Ewok. Short, stocky, cute teddy bear with twinkly eyes!

    As you might have guessed, we're marking May the 4th (get it?!) by asking you to compare Star Wars characters and Premier League managers. Let us know who, and why, via #bbcfootball, via text on 81111 (UK only) or tell us via the BBC Sport Facebook page. Also check terms & conditions.

  116. Post update

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Hull City fans

    Not quite sure what is going on here, but if I was the photographer on the other side of the camera taking this picture, I'd be a tad unnerved...

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    David Manuel: Jose is obviously Palpatine: initially-loved figure with a Machiavellian rise to power (little horse, anyone?)

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    Jamie Bolton: SAF = Emperor Palpetine. Lord of the Premier League. If you were on his side he was brilliant, if not you loved to hate him!

  119. Wenger wants good vibes

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We have created momentum which we want to keep going. Tonight is one of the opportunities with one of our two games in hand to take second.

    "When you come out of a season with positive vibes you enter the next one with confidence."

  120. Newcastle's problems

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Sunderland might not get any more points now, and that might save Newcastle. They will survive on what they did in the first half of the season."

  121. Newcastle have 'hit rock bottom'

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "After Saturday's game I thought one or two of the players were a disgrace. As a player, you have to do the simple things - like tackling and tracking back. Newcastle have hit rock bottom and the players have a responsibility to react to what's happened. Carver's interview at the weekend suggested he might have lost the players. It was a last resort. He has probably made them run a lot, took them to the beach, even taken them out for lunch. Now he has given them both barrels."

    In case you missed it, Newcastle said today that John Carver will remain manager until the end of the season.

  122. Can Newcastle really go down?

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    John Carver

    A win or a draw tonight will be enough to lift Hull above Newcastle, and with 18th-place Sunderland having a game in hand, it will definitely be getting a little too close to comfort for some Toon fans.

    However, they do have perhaps the easiest run-in of all the teams in trouble, with home games against West Brom and West Ham and an away trip to QPR to come.

    Surely they can pick up enough points from those games to survive?

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    Paul Limbert doesn't write any words. He's speaking through images. Remember, you can get involved in our Star Wars/PL managers debate via #bbcfootball, via text on 81111 (UK only) or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Avram Grant
  124. Post update

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the KC Stadium

    "Arsenal will look back and reflect at frustrating points dropped during the campaign, including the reverse of this fixture at the Emirates in October.

    "However their recent form has been consistent. Last weekend was only the third time in 2015 they have dropped Premier League points and arrive at the KC Stadium having lost just once in 13 matches.

    "They'll face a Hull team boosted by their timely win against Liverpool. It's evidence once again of how much of a difference back-to-back wins can make in the battle to survive in the top flight."

  125. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Tony Dickinson: Arsene Wenger could be Yoda, he talks knowledge and is able to sense talent in the young.

  126. The last time they met

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal arrive in Hull in stunning form having lost just twice in the Premier League so far in 2015.

    That is in complete contrast to their form when they last played Hull in the league, with Arsene Wenger's side needing a last-minute Danny Welbeck goal to deny Hull a 2-1 win at the Emirates.

    That prevented them from equalling their worst start to a league season under Wenger, having won just two of their opening eight league games.

    Considering that awful start, it is amazing that Arsenal are as high as they are in the league. How different things might have been if they had even just an ordinary start to the season.

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    Star Wars

    USA soccerguy: Happy Star Wars Day: Darth Wenger.

    Amazing scenes...

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    Colin Cranmer: A storm trooper, because they always miss their targets.

    Robert Judd: He has to be the protocol droid C3PO. Highly cultured, somewhat aloof, numerous languages and ensures things are done the correct manner.

    As you might have guessed, we're marking May the 4th (get it?!) by asking you to compare Star Wars characters and Premier League managers. Let us know who, and why, via #bbcfootball, via text on 81111 (UK only) or tell us via the BBC Sport Facebook page. Also check terms & conditions.

  129. Key trio for Tigers

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Hull City

    Hull City have kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since October 2013, with James Chester, Michael Dawson and Paul McShane having been outstanding in a defensive three, and they all start tonight.

    They will need to be at their best to keep out a side that has failed to score in only three league matches this season.

  130. Breaking team news

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    The teams are in and both sides are unchanged from their last Premier League outing.

    Hull XI: Harper; Chester, Dawson, McShane; Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn, Brady; Aluko, N'Doye.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.

  131. Lawro predicts...

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    "Hull's win over Liverpool last Tuesday was massive for their survival hopes, and they played like a team who knew how important it would be. They were never seriously exposed at the back at any stage of the game and if they can do that again against Arsenal, then I think they can get another positive result."

    Read more from Lawro and see how he got on with the weekend's games in his latest Premier League predictions article.

  132. Get involved

    Managers as Star Wars characters

    If Arsene Wenger would be a Star Wars character, who would he be?

    Dave Freshwater on the BBC Sport Facebook page: A jedi, Arsene is strong in fourth...

  133. Post update

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal

    "Pre-match chat 5 live Sport Mark Chapman Steve Bower and Phil Neville. On air from 7pm."

  134. Carry on Carver

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    John Carver

    Bit harsh Mike and Jeff, but speaking of John Carver, fighting it out with Hull and co in the battle to stay in the Premier League are, somewhat surprisingly, Newcastle.

    The North East club have been in shocking form this year, losing their last eight games in succession to drop perilously close to the relegation zone.

    Their latest defeat, Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Leicester, led to boss Carver accusing one of his own players of purposely getting themselves sent off but despite that, he has today been assured his job is safe.

    "John, his staff and players are focused on the three fixtures that remain this season," the club said. "All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are determined, together, to ensure this club retains its Premier League status."

  135. Text us on 81111

    Mike in Sheffield: John Carver must be Jar Jar Binks. The loud and irritating one who is incapable of doing anything remotely useful.

    Ian, a jubilant Chelsea fan in Whitley Bay: Arsene has the look of Peter Cushing about him (stay with me) - Grand Moff Tarkin Wenger?

    James Marshall: Arsene Wenger would have to be Rahm Kota, "I didn't see that"

    Luke, Portsmouth: Nigel Pearson has to be Lando Calrisssian - seems to be the bad guy at the midway point, but has turned it round to be one of the heroes!

  136. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jacob S: Wenger = Yoda. Old, very wise, an innovator, but stuck in his ways, less willing to accept new methods of doing things these days.

    Jeff: John Carver is Jar Jar Binx: insufferable.

    As you might have guessed, we're marking May the 4th (get it?!) by asking you to compare Star Wars characters and Premier League managers. Let us know who, and why, via #bbcfootball, via text on 81111 (UK only) or tell us via the BBC Sport Facebook page. Also check terms & conditions.

  137. BBC coverage

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    From 19:00 BST, tune into BBC Radio 5 live for the Monday Night Club, with football discussion, sports news and build-up to tonight's game.

    Then, from 20:00 BST you can listen to full match commentary from the KC Stadium before finishing off your evening with 5 live's Football Social - your calls and social media reaction to the game.

  138. Could the wait be over?

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Hull need a win, and their recent form will perhaps give them hope of getting it after securing back-to-back wins against Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

    Their form against Arsenal, though, is not so good. They have managed just three wins in 21 meetings with the Gunners, last beating them on home soil over 100 years ago...

  139. Text us on 81111

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    Matt in Orpington: Ian Holloway would definitely be JaJa Binks. Bald and bonkers doesn't cover it.

  140. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Darth Vader

    Tell you what, why don't we get involved in a bit of Star Wars Day shenanigans.

    As he'll be patrolling the dugout on Star Wars Day, we are asking which Star Wars character would Arsene Wenger be and why?

    You can choose from eight characters in our vote, and also let us know who, and why, via #bbcfootball, via text on 81111 (UK only) or tell us via the BBC Sport Facebook page. Also check terms & conditions.

    While we are at it, what other Premier League managers would not look out of place in a Star Wars film? Tim Sherwood as the wisecracking Han Solo perhaps? Send in your suggestions and reasons why. Cheers!

  141. May the fourth be with Hull?

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Brendan Rodgers posed for photos with Stormtroopers in June last year at a promotional event

    Today may be about to be known as St Totteringham's Day for Arsenal fans, but for others it has another name - Star Wars Day.

    May 4th (May the fourth be with you, geddit?) is a fully-fledged unofficial holiday, celebrated by fans of the films all over the world.

    To mark it, here's a picture of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hanging out with some Stormtroopers...

  142. Happy St Totteringham's Day?

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    For Arsenal fans, today could be very special for another reason.

    Get at least a point against Hull and they will be able to celebrate "St Totteringham's Day" - a day created by Gunners fans to mark the moment their North London rivals Tottenham are mathematically unable to catch them.

    Not since the 1994-95 season have Tottenham finished above Arsenal.

  143. Plenty still to play for

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    Arsenal

    The title may officially be out of reach, but that does not mean Arsenal have nothing to play for.

    They can all but cement a top-four finish with a win tonight, and they will also be keen to ensure they finish at least third to avoid having to play any Champions League qualifiers.

    "We want to finish as close to Chelsea as possible," says Arsene Wenger. "You want to go out of the season and think you have given your best until the last game of the season."

  144. The fight for survival

    Hull v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Premier League

    Sir Alex Ferguson coined many famous phrases during his 26 years as Manchester United manager, perhaps none more famous than "squeaky bum time".

    Used to describe how tense the 2003 Premier League title race was between Manchester United and Arsenal, the phrase has become so well known that it even has its own dictionary entry.

    It is very much "squeaky bum time" at the bottom of the table, with Sunderland, currently third from bottom, just two points behind 14th-place Aston Villa.

    Hull are very much in the scrap for survival, but can go a long way towards securing survival with a win over Arsenal tonight.

  145. Squeaky bum time

    The battle for the Premier League title is over...

    Chelsea

    ...but the battle for staying in the Premier League is just getting interesting.

    With less than three weeks of the season remaining, five teams are separated by just two points. Anyone from 14th and below can still go down.

    Managers

    Welcome to "squeaky bum time."