Arsenal stride to classy 2-0 victory over Hull City

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Arsenal produced an efficient performance to see off Hull City tonight at the Emirates Stadium, emerging 2-0 winners after a dominant display.

The Gunners went into the game coming off the back of three comfortable victories over Marseille, Southampton and Cardiff, whilst Hull had cause for optimism following their surprise 3-1 over high-flying Liverpool at the weekend.

Wenger opted to give Nicklas Bendtner his first Premier League start in 1,005 days and game had barely kicked off before his decision was vindicated.

The Dane headed home from a Carl Jenkinson cross after a tidy pass from Aaron Ramsey in the second minute of play, to get the ball rolling for the league leaders.

Arsenal dominated for large portions of the opening exchanges and were unlucky not to extend their lead when Bendtner missed the opportunity to double his tally after poking wide a close ranged effort presented to him when Hull 'keeper Allan McGregor spilled Mesut Ozil's effort.

Aaron Ramsey then went close with what has become a trademark pile-driver this season with little over 10 minutes left before the break, though McGregor was equal to it.

Hull's only real chance of the first half came in the 37th minute when ex-Tottenham star Tom Huddlestone drilled a sharp cross along the six-yard line, but no one was there to connect.

The hosts doubled their lead shortly after the break after some neat link-up play between Ozil and Ramsey. The pair exchanged passes before the latter slotted the former in to score a tidy finish at the near post.

And it almost become 3-0 only minutes later, when McGregor produced a save to deny Ramsey after yet more play with Ozil- Bendtner saw his header cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

As the game entered its closing stages Hull looked some way off the pace, and the Gunner's enjoyed the lions share of possession in the midfield.

Steven Bruce will simply have to be content with the realisation that on the day his side were as far from a match for Arsenal as they could have possible been.

The result sees the Gunners retain their position at the top of the table, though the gap remains at four points thanks to Liverpool's comfortable win over Norwich.

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