Hull 0-3 Arsenal: player ratings

Hull 0-3 Arsenal: player ratings

Arteta tooth

How nice to go through a game without panicking about trying to grab a late equaliser or winner.

Here’s how we thought the players rated – and remember you can add your own ratings and comments below.

WS
1
8.5
BS
3
7.5
PM
4
8
LK
6
8
NM
18
7
MA
8
7.5
AR
16
9.5
11
8
SC
19
7.5
LP
9
9
OG
12
7.5
WS
1
8
BS
3
7.5
PM
4
7.5
LK
6
7.5
NM
18
7
MA
8
7
AR
16
9
11
7
SC
19
7
LP
9
8.5
OG
12
7.5
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1: Wojciech Szczesny

8
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8.5
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Season average: 7
1

Showed why he's the number 1 with a commanding performance from the start, made a great save in the 15th minute to keep us ahead too.

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3: Bacary Sagna

7.5
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7.5
Readers
Season average: 7
2

Solid, made some great clearances and was switched on from the start.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7.5
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8
Readers
Season average: 7
3

Almost scored, unjustly booked but just so good, 11 out of 11 clearances made and 92% pass completion.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7.5
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8
Readers
Season average: 7.5
5

14 clearances and 5 interceptions shows you he reads the game as well as his partner. Tops.

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18: Nacho Monreal

7
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7
Readers
Season average: 6.5
14

His best game for a while, solid at the back and got forward well at times.

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8: Mikel Arteta

7
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7.5
Readers
Season average: 6.5
7

Got his front tooth knocked out in what was, to my mind anyway, a very deliberate shoulder by Long. Didn't let it affect him though, anchored the midfield with efficiency.

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16: Aaron Ramsey

9
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9.5
Readers
Season average: 8
13

On Easter Sunday the Welsh Jesus did rise again and he made goals and scored goals and the goals were good.

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11: Mesut Özil

7
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8
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Season average: 7
28

Got a good hour under his belt, looked a bit rusty at times though, as you would expect, but should have had an early penalty.

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19: Santi Cazorla

7
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7.5
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Season average: 7
15

Seems to have found some of his zip again recently, and was much more aware defensively.

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9: Lukas Podolski

8.5
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9
Readers
Season average: 6.5
8

Give him a sniff of goal and he's likely to finish, that left foot is sensational at times. Even tried to score with his right today. Four goals in his last two games is decent.

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12: Olivier Giroud

7.5
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7.5
Readers
Season average: 6
29

Unlucky not to score after he chased down the keeper, came off injured though after a spiteful elbow right in the face from Elmohamady. Looks better with Ramsey and Ozil in the team, delicious cross for Ramsey to set up the second.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

7
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7
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Season average: 6.5
16

He came on, he Flammed, he conquered.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

7
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7.5
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Season average: 7
12

Just has that spark, added some pace at the right time and should have been awarded a penalty when he was clearly tripped in the box.

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22: Yaya Sanogo

6
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5.5
Readers
Season average: 6.5
18

100% pass completion rate, making 1 out of 1 passes. And 100% fresh air shot in the box completion rate too. *sigh*

Bonus rating: 10/10 - winning in a way which doesn't make you feel like you're going to cack your pants.

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97 COMMENTS

    • Bastard was playing that game to soften us up for the FA Cup. I’m sure he told his mob to kick a few of our lads out of that game.

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      • Took a page right out of the Tony Pulis book. This game was a very clear attempt by one team to injure the other as much as possible. Arsene should not have shook this cunt’s hand at the end. Steve Bruce should be sterilised for the good of humankind.

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        • Wow, I watched the same game and didn’t see what you are seeing. The Arteta foul/elbow was cheeky but I thought it was a good game that we dominated and put to bed…

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        • David- I guess Hull only had the stamina to use this “pressing” tactic for the first 20-30 minutes before we scored our goal. Previously you had pressing to close down long ball teams like Wimbledon. Nowadays you have pressing all over the pitch due to increased player fitness and tactical evolution (Barca’s win-the-ball-back-in-5-seconds rule).

          The “pressing” against Arsenal employed by many other EPL teams, however, usually goes as follows: Szczesny passes the ball to Arteta –> Ogre #1 sprints at Arteta from midfield so fast that he’s out of control –> Arteta passes ball to Mertesacker –> Ogre #1 follows through on Arteta because he’s going so fast he can’t stop his tackle –> Ogre #2 does the same to Mertesacker.

          The similarity between the aforementioned “pressing” and traditional pressing is that they both benefit from a 2v1 situation: Ogre #1 clatters Arteta (both go down), Ogre #2 gets the loose ball, referee is staring at a female fan, lino is having a cig break, Ogre #2 scores.

          The difference is that the anti-Arsenal tactic additionally aims to injure a few of our players or shatter their confidence so they won’t make any forward passes to Giroud etc for the rest of the game.

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    • you’re all incredibly disrespectful to Steve Bruce- he has done really well this season with Hull, probably keeping them up and getting them to the FA Cup Final. Of course he told his lads to go out there and rough us up, every manager does. He was extremely complimentary of us in his post match comments, and I think we should have a little more respect for a genuinely pleasant, down to earth guy.

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      • Sorry, can’t do that. Arteta took muddleblow’s cleats to the face, then lost a tooth to long. Elmohamady elbowed everybody his elbow could reach. Monreal, fresh back from injury, got kicked into the air.

        Fuck Bruce’s thugs.

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    • We tend to go overboard with our ratings. When we lose, every player is bad but when we win the total opposite is the case. I was at Hull today; Ozil was peripheral at best which is understandable after a long lay off but to give him a rating of 7 plus is being far too generous

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      • I disagree. I’m one of Ozil’s biggest critics and think he’s been largely disappointing this season but I thought he was good today. A few defense splitting passes, retained possession well, should’ve had a pen and I even saw him put himself between a man and the ball, take contact and continue playing. It may sound facetious but 2 months ago he would have fallen over and asked for the foul. Glad to have him back.

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  1. another point for Arteta for the lost tooth anyone?! :D
    MASSIVE WIN today as fuckin toffees seem to win against Manure…

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  2. Rambo, strong in the tackle, loves going forwards, great at defending. If only we had a yaya toure to play beside him

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    • Why does everyone think Yaya Toure is a holding midfielder? Hasn’t played there regularly at all under Peligrini nor the latter stages of Mancini’s tenure. Yaya and Aaron Ramsey are the same type of player, box to box midfielders, and at this stage of the game I’d take Ramsey any day.

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      • Nothing wrong with two Box-to- Box Mid’s playing side by side, especially with their work rates. No ground would be untrod.

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    • Don’t worry Arteta. If your dentist is even half as good as your hairdresser your front tooth will be sparkling good as new in no time.

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  3. Who’s this Ramsey fella? He seems to do well, especially in the company of this other guy Ozil…man what could have been if they didn’t go down. Never mind, we’ll do the job from here on out and I’ll just be ecstatic we have players like those guys on our team. Thank you Arsene.

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    • The tough part about what “could have been”, is that if they weren’t injured, they would have been run into the ground until their form dropped anyway.

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      • You have to add Walcott to the equation, I’d say he would have got at least another 8 goals or so including I’d have bet in games against swansea, and united with bleeding show defences. Would have also forced Leighton Baines and the like to do a lot more defending, and thus a lot less pass-picking. What could have been.

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  4. “Four goals in his last two is decent”
    He’s scored 400% more goals from open play than Saldildo this week

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    • Good timing to get a silver tooth attached. Ah imagine him smiling with the Silverware after we win the final. We should give make a list of choices for his new tooth Sabertooth,dracula,suarez(nah not needed).
      Lets win all the matches now.

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  5. My only regret is sanogo not coming on earlier. He seems to have the worst luck for shots, either it’s blocked, spectacularly saved, air kicked, or skied. Really want him to score once at least

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  6. Common you fucking gunners!! Loving the atmosphere which has been rejuvenated by our great performances recently… Poldi is a beast, Ramsey no words to describe him and ozil played some great passes…COYG

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  7. The only way Wilshere and Ramsey can play together is we move to a conventional 4-3-3 that means Ozil will have to move to either wing . Ramsey is among the best CM at the moment , way ahead of Wilshere.

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    • Maybe. When we played a double pivot of Song and Wilshere it was Wilshere who played the more withdrawn role despite some people (wrongly) believing Song was exclusively a defensive midfielder. He has the steel and the passing ability but does he have the desire and intelligence to play there? Not sure.

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  8. Brilliant all around special mention to Ramsey who seems to be different planet to rest of the team. He is running between the lines, making passes, moving up, scoring and assisting all within the same move.

    I said on Twitter yesterday that he would have been player of the season ahead of Suarez if not for injury. He just reinforced that believe.

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  9. buahahahahahahahahahahahaha…….. i saw what you did with sanogo their….. lolz….. just why i love arseblog, the humour… + i think the last goal by podolski looked kinda sexy!!!

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  10. Enjoyable and impressive game to watch! But this refereeing performance just shows how well we have to play to grab the points: how a karate kick to the head doesn’t get a yellow, but Per’s tackle a few minutes later does, sums it all up.

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  11. That is actually as sharp as I have seen Ozil for Arsenal. Much less wasteful and seemed to have extra yard of pace to get past his player. Good signs for next season.

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  12. Giroud! Oooh, low flying air planes beware! Sanogo! Ooooh, MIR spacestation, look out! Podolski! GOOOOOAL!

    Our strikers need to stay behind after training and get finishing lessons from Poldi. I know Giroud got 20 goals, but most of em are tap ins. Looked good today though, Özil and Ramsey will hopefully help Giroud up to the next Level.

    Need to keep in mind Giroud was only a 12 mill signing, and i would say he has delivered As well As one could expect from a 27 yr old 12 mill signing. At the top of his game at that age, and still only worth 12 mill at the time, so we could hardly expect he was the french Ronaldo.

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    • Giroud is the tap-in-type of striker, so if he converts those, everything’s fine. He’s also a great header and excellent with his back to goal, something Podolski and Walcott aren’t and that’s why they play on the wings.

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      • Just wish he was able to use some of that strength he has going forward. There are few better at holding back a defender to win a 50 50 ball facing away from goal – but fdacing it he does lose too many of his battles for such a big fella

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  13. Obviously great game from Ramsey, we really don’t have anyone else in the squad like him. Arteta had a very solid game and was surely thinking about his million dollar smile the whole game after loosing the tooth. Credit to him for focusing on the match.

    We really have taken care of the bottom 13 teams this season with dropping points only vs Villa in first game and draws at West Brom and Southampton and at home recently to Swansea. Our of 23 matches and 69 points we have only dropped 9 points which is what is keeping us in 4th. Great confidence of getting max points in our next three matches especially with Ozil and Ramsey back and our record against the lower teams this season.

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    • Should have made that the bottom 15, I know we didn’t do too well against united but if there is any chance to mention taking 6 points from 6 in our games against sp*rs, you take that opportunity

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  14. He’s French. He’s Free. He’ll break your F***ing knee. Flamini Flamini.
    Lu Lu Lu Lu Lucas Podolski.
    Return of the Grimm Reaper; Ramsey.
    With key players returning we’re back in better form too. #COYG

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  15. After watching that performance silverware and top four place looks good. Top players coming back it looks a good end to the season. Oh yeah love Poldi.

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  16. Ramsey, Ozil, and Santi is the midfield we’ve been hoping for all season. I might be wrong but I don’t think they have played many games together. At least not with Santi in good form.

    Poldi’s on fire. He needs to continue to start.

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  17. Coleman would be a great replacement for sagna if he goes but I think there may be a big price tag on him ! Are we gonna spend 15 _ 20 mil on a right back ? I think other teams might , we need a world class d,,mid and striker

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  18. I’m no Giroud defender for 12m we could’ve had van Wolfswinkle, so lets be glad Giroud is the player he is

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  19. Arteta could be a hockey player!!! I knew I saw him spitting out a tooth on the replay. A lot of players would have given up after that or gone off to see the plastic surgeon.

    A Canadian Gunner!

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  20. Shane Long had blood on his elbow after the clash when Arteta lost his tooth- suspicious? Koscielny lucky not to lose one to that high kick as he just managed to duck away from it.

    Great to see the team counter so quickly. Having the lead helps stretch the game but I agree this was a much more fluent attacking performance than many lately. Great resilience to cope with Hull’s pressing and ‘physical approach’ early on too.

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  21. How awesome would it be to see this starting XI:

    Szcz – Sagna – Mert – Kos – Gibbs – DIABY – RAMSEY – OZIL – CAZORLA – GIROUD – WALCOTT

    Bench: Fabianski – Vermaelan – Jenkinson – Flamini – Wilshere – Ox – Poldi

    Genuinely awesome players like: Arteta – Rosicky – Gnabry – Monreal help add that genuine depth and can be rotated with the likes of Wilshere – Diaby – Walcott – Ozil to make sure everyone’s getting a break every now and then

    *Sigh* – if only we didnt have so many injuries

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  22. @Leeman, Podolski doesn’t SEEM to be a clinical finisher. He definitely is the most clinical in Arsenal. Maybe we’ve had our new Henry on the bench all season.

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