Hull City 1 (Quinn 56) – Arsenal 3 (Sanchez 28, Ramsey 33, Sanchez 45)
Man of the Match – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
The momentous occassion has arrived. Blazing Cannons has reached the 500 post mark, and it has taken little over 3 and a half years to achieve it. Yes, the blog has had cobwebs removed it more often than not, and at times visitors were greeted with a report from a loss in November, when actually the team were in the middle of a purple patch in late February; but I have somehow managed to keep the blog alive.
I have realised, over the course of my short blogging career, and these 500 posts, that it requires determination and patience to keep a blog running, everyday. And, my hats off to the bloggers, who manage to do that. As for me, I cannot promise the same levels of determination and patience. There’s always next season though.
What better way than an Arsenal win to mark the 500th post on this blog. An away day at Hull City, on a Monday night. Little did these folks know they were going down in the annals of blogging history. Arsenal, came into this game on the back of 8 consecutive wins and a draw against Chelsea, and with Manchester City creeping up, it was vital to restart the winning streak.
There were no changes to the squad that drew Chelsea last week. Only Tomas Rosicky came in for the injured Danny Welbeck on the bench. Arsenal got off to a brilliant start and sprayed the ball around sprightly, as the Tigers failed to prowl anywhere close. There were some slick moves, some silky and some brilliant. However, when they did give the ball away, Hull threatened.
Nigerian forward Sone Aluko missed a header from a dangerous position, but it wasn’t too late before Arsenal capitalized on their possession to score the opening goal of the night. Former Sp*rs midfielder Tom Huddlestone lost the ball to Mesut Ozil, who played it into Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was taken down by former Sp*rs midfielder Jake Livermore (who would hit headlines in few days time over his drug addiction, mostly due to his depression that lingers, of having played at Sp*rs). And, from the free-kick that resulted, former Sp*rs defender Michael Dawson’s deflection had to play a small role in Alexis’ shot that sailed past Steve Harper.
5 minutes later, Arsenal were sailing. A brilliant long pass from Santi Cazorla spotted the run of Aaron Ramsey. However, the Welshman had to pivot, under pressure from a Hull defender, and smash the ball, via a deflection, past Steve Harper. It was a brilliant goal, and Cazorla’s long pass was simply delicious.
Arsenal were rampant, and at times the football was simply mesmerising. Yes, the opposition were Hull, a side battling for survival in the Premier League, but the Gunners showed great confidence in their abilities, in the first half. Cazorla, Ozil and Alexis were all denied a 3rd goal, and Steve Harper had to be smart enough to keep a cheeky Alexis chip out.
The 3rd goal was as easy as they come, and looked like a goal I would score in FIFA 2005. Ozil and Ramsey exchanged passes between Hull’s confused mid-fielders, before Alexis was released. He rounded off Harper with one move, and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net. It was his 24th goal of the season, and also Arsenal’s 100th. That means, the Chilean had scored almost a quarter of all Arsenal goals.
The half time whistle came soon, and Steve Bruce’s side were greeted to boos from the Humberside faithful, as the players trudged off the field. The second half was a different story, as Hull came out a determined side, and even pulled one back, in the 55th minute, under rather controversial circumstances.
Republic of Ireland international David Meyler, who was headbutted by Alan Pardew, not too long ago, took down Laurent Koscielny, and while Arsenal players hoped play would be stopped, Hull crossed, and Stephen Quinn put the ball into the back of the net. This obviously angered the visiting side and the manager, who couldn’t hide his feelings from the assistant referee.
Arsenal had their feathers ruffled, but kept their calm, and continued to ooze brilliance and style in attack. A deft flick from Ozil played in Sanchez, who set up the German, but Steve Harper was alert, and averted the danger. Aaron Ramsey was having the thick of the action, and was the beneficiary of Ozil’s vision, but the Welshman couldn’t add to his goal tally, wasting a couple of chances. He was replaced by Jack Wilshere on 67 minutes.
Wilshere then went on a mazy run, beating 3 perplexed Hull defenders, before being bought down illegally. Alexis could only put the ball over the crossbar this time. Cazorla, Bellerin, Wilshere and Sanchez, all had chances to extend the lead, but failed to do so. Walcott came on for Giroud, and he put an effort wide from just 8 yards, and then Sanchez too couldn’t convert a rather easy chance.
Arsenal landed the 3 points, and also marked St. Totteringham’s Day with ease. To more blog posts on Blazing Cannons!
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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