Hull 0 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as Aaron Ramsey sparkles

Hull 0 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as Aaron Ramsey inspires the Gunners to victory over the Tigers

Hull City
0
Arsenal
3

Hull City

Steve Harper After a largely untroubled first half hour, he was given no chance for either of the Gunners’ first-half goals and then kept out Ramsey’s 54th-minute effort well, only for the ball to fall straight to Podolski. Should have been punished by Giroud after dawdling over a back pass shortly after the hour, but the Frenchman hit the bar on the slide from a yard out. 7/10

Liam Rosenior Showed two good feet to put in some good crosses while not getting caught out in defence – at least until his tiring legs started to be tested by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Will count himself unlucky to be on the losing side. 7

Ahmed Elmohamady Has played further upfield than the full-back role which he held today, and his attacking instincts came to the fore while the game remained at 0-0. Got back well to nick the ball from Podolski just before the half hour, but his starting positions left too much space in behind. 5

Curtis Davies After a calm opening spell, he was almost caught out shortly before half time with a soft back pass. Managed to redeem the situation then, but he had lost the air of command. 6

James Chester Unable to stem the flow as Arsenal took control, and was caught out in the build-up to Podolski’s second goal. 5

Tom Huddlestone The former Spurs man was typically excellent in his range of passing, such as to suggest that he could be a fine option in Brazil; and typically slightly off the pace to hint at why he is not already on the plane. Caught Arteta with a very high foot early on, and was very lucky not to be booked. 6

Jake Livermore A tigerish performance in midfield, with one particular driving run and pass to Long which deserved a better finish. Hit the post from distance when the ball was laid off to him at 1-0. 7

David Meyler A bit of a headstrong performance from the Irishman, with an early booking for a strong challenge on Monreal perhaps curtailing his influence. Certainly less prominent than his midfield team-mates. 6

George Boyd A couple of dangerous corners aside, he roamed without finding a real role in the game. 6

Nikica Jelavic Made his name with first touch shooting and had an excellent snap shot just tipped wide after quarter of an hour. Faded after the first Arsenal goal went in, but then so did much of his team. 6

Shane Long An energetic performance only marred by wastefulness in front of goal, with one header just before the break flashing over after he had found a yard of space. Substituted at half time due to a calf injury. 7

Substitutes

Matt Fryatt On for Long at half time, and maybe lacks the Irishman’s top-level quality. In on goal early, but couldn’t outsmart his defender and the chance was lost. 5

Stephen Quinn On for Jelavic with twenty minutes to go and put himself about, but to little effect. 6

Robert Koren N/A

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny From the first minute, when he claimed a corner well under pressure, he was brave and alert, and he kept his concentration well to get solidly behind an effort from Fryatt after 85 minutes. 7

Bacary Sagna The Frenchman has a bit of a dozy streak and today was no exception, as he gave the ball away and found himself out of position on a few occasions. Is he winding down his time at the Emirates? 6

Per Mertesacker Nearly added gloss to the scoreline for Arsenal with a 75th minute header which flashed just over the bar. Has become a rock in the Gunners’ backline, and was unflustered today. 7

Laurent Koscielny Dealt competently with what came his way, which in truth, after the first twenty minutes or so, was not much. 7

Nacho Monreal A nervy day started with him conceding a corner under limited pressure in the first minute. He was a bit off the pace throughout, and was perhaps lucky not to be booked for a late challenge on Elmohamedy. 6

Mikel Arteta Was involved in an early challenge with Long that was so full-blooded that the Arsenal skipper lost a tooth. Should have conceded a free kick for a lean into Jelavic in the build-up to Podolski’s goal just before the break. 6

Aaron Ramsey (man of the match) It was like he had never been away. The Welshman provided an incisiveness which has been lacking in his absence and was involved from start to finish in the move which ended with his goal. Set up both Podolski goals, and put in a shift tracking back as well. 9

Santi Cazorla He as much as anyone has kept Arsenal in the hunt for Champions League qualification in the last few weeks, and today was another effective performance. Tracked back well, and laid off the ball nicely for Ramsey’s opener. 7

Mesut Özil Showed glimpses of a level of class which was too much for Hull, with one delightful turn in particular after 37 minutes setting up a dangerous attacking free-kick for Arsenal (which was conclusively wasted). 7

Lukas Podolski Two very confident finishes from a man who is coming into a good run of form. His first was particularly pleasing on the eye, a crisp drive volley from Ramsey’s chest down, while he was alert and in the right place for his second. 8

Olivier Giroud A peripheral figure for much of the game, as the fatigue from his long season leading the line is starting to show. It was his fine cross, though, which Ramsey touched down for Podolski’s goal before the break. 7

Substitutes

Mathieu Flamini Replaced Özil with half an hour to go – not that the game really needed shoring up at 3-0. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Gave an injection of pace in the last fifteen minutes, and perhaps should have won a penalty after being clipped in the box. 6

Yaya Sanogo N/A

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