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Hull   1 - 2   Arsenal

Nicklas Bendtner
Bendtner scores two minutes into injury time to give Arsenal the win at Hull

By Phil Dawkes

Nicklas Bendtner's late goal took Arsenal level with Chelsea at the top of the table via a win at 10-man Hull.

Arsenal struck first with a typically incisive move that ended with Andrey Arshavin firing in from close range.

Sol Campbell's foul on what looked an offside Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink allowed Jimmy Bullard to fire Hull level from the penalty spot.

Hull battled well after George Boateng was sent off but Bendtner fired home in injury time to give Arsenal victory.

This was not a vintage performance from the Gunners but that will be of no concern to boss Arsene Wenger, whose side are now second in the table and only behind Chelsea on goal difference.

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But for Hull a cruel defeat means they remain three points behind West Ham and Wolves who are tied on 27 points in 16th and 17th place in the league respectively.

While both Arsenal and Hull have more pressing current league concerns at the top and bottom of the table, it was almost inevitable that this game would contain moments of controversy.

The teams were fined for a mass brawl when they met in December, while Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was cleared of spitting after last season's FA Cup clash, while Hull boss Phil brown, who made the Fabregas allegation, was fined £2,500 over comments in relation to referee Mike Riley.

On this occasion, chief among the talking points emerging from this match was the dismissal of Boateng, courtesy of two bookings within a five-minute spell at the end of the first half.

The midfielder was firstly carded, along with Arsenal striker Bendtner for an off-the-ball clash between the two.

While his first booking was for a needless exchange his second arrived for a shockingly high tackle on Bacary Sagna and the only debating point could be whether the challenge should have warranted a straight red.

Wenger hails Arsenal's 'special spirit'

It was a sad end to what had been an engrossing 45 minutes of football that featured two contrasting sides and two contrasting goals.

Arsenal struck first in the 14th minute when Bendtner found Arshavin on the edge of the box and he jinked his way past two Hull players, one being Bernard Mendy, whose inadvertent flick set the ball up perfectly for the Russian to fire past keeper Boaz Myhill.

It was Arsenal's 100th goal of season and their 800th in the Premier League, but they were not ahead for long.

The scorer of Hull's equaliser, Bullard, was himself embroiled in a controversial incident this week.

On Monday, he was involved in a public fracas with team-mate Nicky Barmby but when called upon to demonstrate his professionalism he made no error with a well-taken if not contentiously awarded penalty.

Vennegoor of Hesselink looked offside when Dean Marney's looping ball fell into his path in the box but referee Andre Marriner waved play on just before the striker was bundled to the ground by Campbell.

It's been a difficult week for Hull - Brown

It was debatably a goal scoring opportunity with Campbell the last man but the centre-back stayed on the pitch to witness Bullard fire his spot kick into the roof of the net.

After a low-key start to the second half, during which Arsenal failed to make inroads into their numerically inferior opponents, they introduced Theo Walcott.

The winger almost made an immediate impact, bursting down the right before producing a cross that found its way to Arshavin via a touch from Samir Nasri, but the Russian ballooned his shot over.

Danish striker Bendtner has had a rollercoaster week in an Arsenal shirt having come in for heavy criticism for the chances he missed in last Saturday's league fixture with Burnley before being lauded for his hat-trick display in Tuesday's Champions League tie against Porto.

And the second half at Hull again highlighted the hit and miss nature of his game as he missed two presentable chances before providing the match-winner two minutes into injury time.

Denilson's speculative long-range effort arrived straight at Myhill, but the keeper merely palmed it straight to Bendtner who made no mistake in firing Arsenal's seventh injury-time winner of the season.

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 1-2 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Bullard (pen) 28
  • Arshavin 14
  • Bendtner 90+3

Hull

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 25,023
HULL
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Hull 40%
  • Arsenal 60%

Attempts on target

  • Hull 2
  • Arsenal 9

Attempts off target

  • Hull 5
  • Arsenal 9

Corners

  • Hull 2
  • Arsenal 8

Fouls

  • Hull 16
  • Arsenal 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:37 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:30 Neves Denilson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 90:00+2:30 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerHull 1 - 2 Arsenal Nicklas Bendtner grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 90:00+2:18 Effort on goal by Neves Denilson from 25 yards. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 90:00+1:34 Effort on goal by Gael Clichy from 18 yards. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:54 The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, Andy Dawson makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:47 Neves Denilson crosses the ball, Liam Cooper manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:40 Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Steven Mouyokolo.
  • 89:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 88:55 Dean Marney takes a shot. Blocked by Sol Campbell.
  • 86:42 Foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Bernard Mendy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 85:18 Inswinging corner taken by Andy Dawson, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 84:43 Neves Denilson challenges Craig Fagan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bernard Mendy takes the free kick.
  • 84:36 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
  • 82:40 Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, clearance made by Bernard Mendy.
  • 81:59 Substitution Jozy Altidore goes off and Kevin Kilbane comes on.
  • 80:58 Andrey Arshavin produces a cross, Shot by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 80:36 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, clearance made by Liam Cooper.
  • 79:43 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Cooper. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, Steven Mouyokolo makes a clearance.
  • 76:17 Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:03 Substitution Samir Nasri leaves the field to be replaced by Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 74:22 The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott, clearance made by Bernard Mendy.
  • 72:06 Substitution Richard Garcia on for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
  • 71:50 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
  • 71:21 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Cooper.
  • 70:56 Short corner taken by Bacary Sagna from the right by-line, The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, Jimmy Bullard manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:06 The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:58 Theo Walcott produces a cross, Liam Cooper makes a clearance.
  • 68:11 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by Neves Denilson results in a free kick. Bernard Mendy takes the free kick.
  • 65:51 Shot on goal by Andrey Arshavin from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 64:47 Substitution Theo Walcott on for Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 64:47 Effort on goal by Jimmy Bullard from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 64:26 Emmanuel Eboue produces a cross, clearance by Liam Cooper.
  • 62:09 Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, Headed effort from inside the area by Sol Campbell misses to the right of the goal.
  • 58:28 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrey Arshavin, clearance by Liam Cooper.
  • 57:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Jimmy Bullard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:53 The ball is delivered by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 54:13 Substitution Kamil Zayatte goes off and Liam Cooper comes on.
  • 50:13 Thomas Vermaelen challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Jimmy Bullard from the free kick.
  • 45:45 Dean Marney sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:37 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+0:20 Andrey Arshavin takes the direct free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Blocked by Bernard Mendy.
  • 45:00+0:20 Sent off Red card for George Boateng.
  • 45:00+0:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boateng on Bacary Sagna.
  • 45:00+0:01 Centre by Bacary Sagna, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:49 George Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby. Vassiriki Diaby takes the free kick.
  • 43:02 Jimmy Bullard fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 40:42 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 40:01 Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:01 Booking Booking for George Boateng for unsporting behaviour.
  • 39:54 Booking Nicklas Bendtner booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 38:44 Booking Andy Dawson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 38:40 Andy Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson.
  • 36:47 Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 35:27 Jimmy Bullard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:25 Craig Fagan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby. The ball is sent over by Neves Denilson, Headed effort from inside the area by Vassiriki Diaby misses to the left of the target.
  • 32:35 Bernard Mendy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Samir Nasri from left wing, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:37 Foul by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on Emmanuel Eboue, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 30:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Boateng by Gael Clichy. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 30:41 The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna.
  • 30:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Bernard Mendy. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
  • 29:14 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Clichy. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:56 Assist on the goal came from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
  • 27:56 GOAL - Jimmy BullardHull 1 - 1 Arsenal Jimmy Bullard scores a power penalty. Hull 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 27:05 Booking The referee cautions Sol Campbell for unsporting behaviour.
  • 26:59 Foul by Sol Campbell on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Penalty awarded.
  • 26:04 Bernard Mendy delivers the ball, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 24:56 Sol Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jimmy Bullard.
  • Correction - 23:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Craig Fagan. Samir Nasri sends in a cross, Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 23:57 Craig Fagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna. Samir Nasri crosses the ball, Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 22:18 Foul by Sol Campbell on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from left channel, Sol Campbell manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Dawson, clearance by Vassiriki Diaby. Effort from outside the box by Jimmy Bullard goes wide right of the target.
  • 21:27 Foul by Dean Marney on Thomas Vermaelen, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 19:52 Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 19:48 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Bernard Mendy manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:55 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 18:28 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Mouyokolo.
  • 18:08 The ball is sent over by Dean Marney, save made by Manuel Almunia.
  • 17:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Vassiriki Diaby. Dean Marney takes the direct free kick.
  • 16:23 Andrey Arshavin is caught offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:10 Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Bernard Mendy.
  • 14:10 Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Thomas Vermaelen produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 13:04 Nicklas Bendtner provided the assist for the goal.
  • 13:04 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinHull 0 - 1 Arsenal Andrey Arshavin grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 12:23 Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Bernard Mendy results in a free kick. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:32 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Jimmy Bullard.
  • 11:02 Centre by Andy Dawson.
  • 10:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 9:39 The ball is delivered by Bernard Mendy, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 5:59 Foul by Dean Marney on Sol Campbell, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:07 Neves Denilson challenges Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Dawson takes the free kick.
  • 4:32 The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Steven Mouyokolo.
  • 3:41 George Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Samir Nasri. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:57 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jozy Altidore goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 2:12 Craig Fagan challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
  • 0:26 Jimmy Bullard concedes a free kick for a foul on Samir Nasri. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 29 42 64
2 Arsenal 30 38 64
3 Man Utd 29 43 63
4 Tottenham 29 25 52
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 29 16 48
7 Aston Villa 27 16 46
8 Birmingham 29 -1 44
9 Everton 29 4 42
10 Fulham 28 3 38
11 Stoke 29 -5 36
12 Blackburn 29 -17 34
13 Bolton 30 -18 32
14 Sunderland 28 -8 30
15 Wigan 29 -30 28
16 West Ham 29 -12 27
17 Wolves 29 -24 27
18 Burnley 30 -32 24
19 Hull 29 -34 24
20 Portsmouth 28 -23 19

see also
Wenger points to Arsenal desire
13 Mar 10 |  Arsenal
Saturday's football as it happened
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Saturday's football photos
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