Danny Welbeck’s injury time goal saved Arsenal’s blushes as they could only hold Hull City to a 2-2 draw in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.
It means Arsene Wenger’s side have now only managed two victories in their opening Premier League fixtures and it was easy to see why against the spirited Tigers. Little was created going forward and there is a worrying vulnerability in defence.
Steve Bruce’s side deserve great credit for a terrifically well-judged performance and will be feeling sick at Welbeck’s 91st minute strike to deny them what looked like a memorable victory.
Arsenal looked as though they would be cruising after Alexis Sanchez buried a shot across goal from the right, but Mo Diame stunned the home crowd just four minutes later. Wenger will be feeling aggrieved at that goal, as the Hull man clearly pulled back Mathieu Flamini to get the chance.
The Gunners were sleeping after the restart and poor defending allowed Abel Hernandez to head the visitors in the lead. It looked as though it would stay that way until Sanchez’s mazy run helped give Welbeck his chance and the points were shared.
The north Londoners are now 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and this result surely means any title hopes have gone. Jose Mourinho's side survived a tough test at Crystal Palace and do not look like they will drop that many points.
Here are the Arsenal player ratings…
Wojciech Szczesny – 7: Couldn’t do a lot about the goals and most he had to do was pick them out of the goal.
Hector Bellerin – 6: Was reasonably solid for one so experienced and made one or two timely tackles, but offered little going forward.
Kieran Gibbs – 6: Couldn’t get into the game as Hull sat deep and did not put any pressure on Tom Huddlestone, which allowed him to cross for the Tigers second goal. Nearly got the winner at the death, but was quiet throughout.
Per Mertesacker – 5: Was flat-footed to get beaten by Hernandez in the air for the second goal and did not look quite as assured without usual partner Laurent Koscielny.
Nacho Monreal – 6: His first competitive game at centre-back, the Spaniard did little wrong, but did not look at all comfortable. Will be happy to get a game, but left-back is where he should be.
Mathieu Flamini – 6: Was fouled by Mo Diame for the equaliser in the first half, but should have been stronger to keep the midfielder off. Battles hard but cannot provide the quality provided on the ball. Replaced by Aaron Ramsey on 65 minutes.
Jack Wilshere – 7: A period of good form had fans of the club hoping he would be back to his best, but he faded after a bright start. Gave Wenger another worry when forced off with a knee injury on 70 minutes – he was replaced by Joel Campbell.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6: Another game where the young midfielder looked as though he could be the one to make things happen, but failed to build on some good running. Was too wasteful in possession and faded from the game when asked to sit deep in the last quarter of the game.
Santi Cazorla – 6: As ever, Cazorla looks as though something could happen when he is on the ball, but his decision making this afternoon was not up to his usual high standards. Kept pushing forward, but created little.
Alexis Sanchez – 7: Scored with a brilliant arrowed finish across Steve Harper after 13 minutes, but struggled to make an impact after that. Was caught in possession far too often, but it was his mazy run that set up the late equaliser.
Danny Welbeck – 7: Seems to be blowing hot and cold for the Gunners since his deadline day moved and could not really get into the game at all. However, he was in the right place to convert his one chance in stoppage time.
Aaron Ramsey – 6: Was a surprise inclusion on the bench after injury, but did not do much after coming on.
Joel Campbell – 6: Provided something of an outlet for his teammates, but failed to capitalise on a number of good crossing positions.