Arsenal were hardly impressive against Hull yesterday by James N.
There is a very old football cliche that you can only beat what is put in front of you, but when you consider that Arsenal’s opponents yesterday had made TEN changes from the Hull side that played Everton on New Years Day, should we really be so pleased that the Gunners only managed to kill off the game in the 82nd minute?
Admittedly the Gunners were in control most of the game (as they bloody should be!) but they could not convert all their chances in the first half, and our first goal-scorer, Per Mertesacker, admitted that it was a relief when Alexis finally stepped up to score our second. “We have good memories when I think about Wembley and then today,” he said. “It was a tough fight until the end but we deserved it.
“In the first half it could have been three or four-nil. Then Alexis scored and we were relieved.
“The second goal was a big relief for the players and he’s a massive threat to any team. We’re delighted with his performances and we need to keep him fit.
“We were composed and deserved it. I’m proud of our team because no matter who’s playing we stick together.”
It was a big relief, especially for the Arsenal fans who are used to seeing our team give us heart attacks in the dying minutes of crucial matches, and it was nice to get any kind of win after our rubbish performance against Southampton, but does this really give us any confidence going into next weeks game against the rugby players of Stoke City?