Arsenal tightened their grip in fourth place with a convincing 3-0 win over their FA Cup final opponents Hull City on Sunday at the KC Stadium. Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring for the London outfit before Lukas Podolski’s brace made the victory emphatic as the Gunners moved to four points clear of Everton for the final Champions league berth. Steve Bruce’s men will be ruing themselves for squandering some golden opportunities before Arsenal ran out deserved winners from the encounter. Here are Arsenal’s player ratings from the KC Stadium.
Wojciech Szczesny: A clean sheet finally for the Pole after a long time. Szczesny was always equal to the task and reliable when called upon but was lucky as Jake Livermore’s effort struck the post when the Gunners were leading by 1-0.
Bacary Sagna: The Frenchman didn’t have much joy going forward but defensively was rock solid throughout the encounter. Made some key interceptions and helped his defensive partners throughout the encounter.
Per Mertesacker: Not the greatest of matches for the tall German but deserves credit for the way he withstood Hull’s pressure on the ball and kept Jelavic and Shane Long at bay.
Laurent Koscielny: Defensively solid and reliable at the back, the Frenchman stood firm with his defensive discipline.
Nacho Monreal: The Spaniard was solid and effective despite some nervy moments but his major contribution came in the run up t Arsenal’s third goal.
Mikel Arteta: The Spaniard’s sloppiness shows exactly why the Gunners need a more calming influence in the middle of the pitch. Not a great game given his quality and perhaps his age is coming up against him.
Aaron Ramsey: The Welshman just showed what Arsenal had been missing when he was sidelined. Picked up Cazorla’s superb layoff to open the scoring and his work rate was simply phenomenal. Was involved in all of arsenal’s goals. What more do you need from a player.
Mesut Ozil: Had a enjoyable shift coming from a lengthy layoff. The German was also involved in the buildup of Arsenal’s goals before he substituted in the second half.
Santi Cazorla: His movement caused Steve Bruce’s men all sorts of problems as the Spaniard drifted to the middle from the right. Laid off a sumptuous assist for Ramsey’s opener.
Lukas Podolski: Could Wenger have played him in a more central role to sort our Arsenal’s striking woes? Today’s performance would exactly claim the point as the German scored a well taken brace in the convincing win.
Olivier Giroud: Effectively led the line but blew hot and cold throughout the match. Should have scored in the first half as he squandered an easy chance before his movement off the ball led to Arsenal’s third in the afternoon.
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