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After the gutsy draw with 10 men at White Hart Lane last weekend, it was imperative that we followed it up with a win at Hull City in the FA cup, not just because the path to Wembley is achievable but also because it is possibly our last chance of the season to gain some very important momentum.

The first half wasn't great, the heavy rotation was obvious in the football that was being played. We had most of the ball and Hull City defended in numbers and it proved a difficult task to break them down. It is often our rhythm and speed of our combinations that break teams like Hull down, rhythm that so many of the Arsenal players did not have as many have been in and out of the team in recent weeks.

Still I was hopeful that we would be able to do so with the likes of Iwobi, Elneny and Campbell on the pitch. I mentioned them in my preview as they look like players who would be able to combine together and add some creativity to the team in the absence of Özil, Ramsey and Alexis.

It took an horrendous error from Hull City's captain for Arsenal to make the breakthrough. Meyler's back pass was shocking but luckily Oliver Giroud was alert enough to the situation and steered the ball between the keepers legs and into the net.

I thought Theo Walcott was way below par in the first half, he was pretty much a passenger but he improved in the second half even before his crucial contributions. One of those contributions was to hit a deflected cross from the left to which Giroud tucked in his second of the night and his second with his right foot.

On the 76th minute, Joel Campbell produced the pass of the match with another one of his delightful through passes in between opposition players and Walcott took a touch and stroked in his first goal since his goal against Leicester City on Valentines day.

Walcott wasn't finished there though, there was still time to lash in a 4th via a Hull City boot and into the near post.

There were some good individual performances on the night. The more I see of Elneny, the more I like him. Doesn't look to do anything flashy or highlight worthy, just makes good decisions from start to finish. Because of this, he rarely loses the ball, when you combine that with someone who works so hard on the pitch you cannot help but feel excited about his future role in the team.

Alex Iwobi continues to look the part, gliding across the pitch, knitting everything together with his early and accurate passing.

The injuries were very frustrating. I had almost forgotten the risk of picking up injuries. It's almost like punishment for not finishing off Hull in the first game.

Luckily Mertesacker and Gabriel are not serious but the Ramsey one is gutting. I had been looking forward to seeing how the Elneny, Coquelin and Ramsey trio developed together as it showed plenty of promise in it's first outing together.

I really like what Joel Campbell gives us with his work rate and incisive passing but he is not a midfielder like Ramsey so it won't be a like for like replacement. I will be intrigued to know what difference he can make if he is given the role in Ramsey's absence. It is a shame that Jack Wilshere isn't available to take that position because I think that role would suit him more than any other at this moment in time,

Another question for the manager will be whether or not to continue with Danny Welbeck as centre forward or will Giroud's brace be enough to regain his place in the team.

We will get some of those answers when we face Watford on Sunday.


Post Match Podcast out later today

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more