Hull 0 Arsenal 3: Arsene Wenger hails ‘convincing’ victory
Hull 0 Arsenal 3: Arsene Wenger hails a "convincing" Gunners win as their win keeps them fourth in table
Arsene Wenger reflected on a “convincing” Arsenal performance after watching his side ease to victory at Hull City to keep their bid for a top-four finish on track.
Santi Cazorla set up Aaron Ramsey to fire the Gunners into the lead in the 31st minute at the KC Stadium, before Lukas Podolski buried a half-volley to make it 2-0 at half-time.
Aaron Ramsey is getting back to full fitness and sharpness, but everyone played well today
Podolski then turned in a loose ball 10 minutes after the break and Hull never threatened to peg back their FA Cup final opponents.
The victory moved Arsenal four points clear of fifth-placed Everton in the Premier League ahead of the Toffees’ clash with Manchester United at Goodison Park.
And Wenger, whose side have three games left this season, was delighted with his team’s overall performance.
“We kept a clean sheet and we scored three goals. The performance was good,” said Wenger.
“We were tested in the first half of a very physical game. We responded with great movement and scored. In the second half we controlled it more easily. Overall it’s a convincing win.
“We looked dangerous to score goals again. We had a few away games in which we were toothless. Our speed and combination play was back.”
Wenger also reserved special praise for midfielder Ramsey, who marked his first Premier League start since Christmas with a sparkling man-of-the-match display.
“Aaron Ramsey is getting back to full fitness and sharpness, but everyone played well today,” he said. “It was a good team performance as it will be when you win 3-0 away from home in a game you have to win.
“We have had to cope to five six players all out at the same time and we have done as well as we can. You live in the real world.”
Wenger added: “The FA Cup final is a completely different game, we are focused on the Premier League and finishing as high as we can.”