0 vs. 3
FULL-TIME. Arsenal record a routine three goal victory. Thanks for tuning in.
Sagna delivers a delightful cross into the Hull danger area which causes the home defcence all kinds of problems but they eventually clear.
Four minutes to be added on as Arsenal look to keep possession. Wenger's side have been quite impressive today despite a slow start.
Ramsey makes the clearance from the corner delivery. The Welshman has been absolutely superb today.
Hull City win another corner in search of a consolation goal.
Fryatt produces a rather timid shot from just outside the area - no problem for the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Arsenal Substitution
Hull City Substitution
TWO CHANGES: Robert Koren replaces Boyd for Hull and Podolski is replaced by Yaya Sanogo for Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been really impressive since he came on for the Gunners. In his latest contribution he brought the ball from one side of the pitch to the other leaving the Hull full back for dead.
STAT: All but one of Tom Huddlestone’s 11 Premier League goals (eight for Tottenham, three for Hull) have come from outside the box (nine from open play, one direct free-kick)
Ten minutes remain in this match and Hull will be looking forward to the final whistle.
Huddlestone forces Szczesny into a decent one handed save from just outside the area. Corner to Hull.
Fantastic strength and pace from Oxlade-Chamberlain allows him to find Ramsey who unleashes a shot at goal but Harper does well to save.
Cazorla fizzes the free-kick delivery in which Mertesacker rises highest to but his header just goes narrowly over the crossbar.
Oxlade-Chamberlain's first contribution wins Arsenal a free-kick in a decent position.
Arsenal Substitution
ARSENAL SUB: Giroud is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hull City Substitution
HULL SUB: Stephen Quinn replaces Jelavic.
All of Hull’s league goals since February have come between the 30th and 50th minutes. It doesn't look good for Bruce's men this afternoon.
Huddlestone must hate the sight of Arsenal - the former Spurs player never tasted a single victory in the North London derby in his eight years as a Tottenham player.
OFF THE CROSSBAR! In a moment of madness, Harper hesitates to clear the ball and Giroud wins the ball but can only hit the crossbar with a sliding effort!
Frustration continues for Hull as Meyler overhits a pass to Jelavic when a decent pass would have saw the forward through on goal.
Giroud - who has really been in the battles today - falls to the ground after a coming together with Elmohamady.
Arsenal Substitution
ARSENAL SUB: Ozil's match comes to an end as he is replaced by Flamini.
Hull win a corner but it doesn't come to anything. Very little for the home support to cheer about at present.
It isn't good viewing for Hull City fans who will now surely go on to lose their 10th game out of 11 contests against Arsenal.
Meyler gives the ball away cheaply in a decent attacking position for Hull.
Arsenal are in cruise control now. The atmosphere has been flattened at the KC Stadium.
STAT: Lukas Podolski has now scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
GOAAAAAL! 0-3! Game over! Harper initially saves Ramsey's shot with his feet but the rebound falls kindly to Podolski who taps home for Arsenal's third.
Arsenal Goal

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Hull win a free-kick and the decision is greeted by sarcastic cheers from the home supporters who clearly feel as though the referee has been unfair this afternoon.
STAT: Aaron Ramsey has scored six away goals in the PL this season, twice as many as he managed in his five previous seasons combined.
Huddlestone finds substitute Fryatt with a high pass and the forward tries to lob the ball over Szczesny's head but just can't get enough power on his header and Arsenal clear.
Huddlestone catches Giroud with a strong challenge. The first-half was a feisty affair and there's been no letting up at the start of the second period.
And we're underway in the second-half with Hull taking kick-off. Matt Fryatt replaces Long at the break for Hull.
The referee brings the first-half to a halt much to the displeasure of the Hull fans who aren't happy with the official's decision to play on in the build up to Arsenal's second goal. Hull have played well but find themselves two goals down.
Hull City Substitution
Giroud is flagged for offside.
We're into the second minute of four additional minutes at the end of the first-half.
Hull City are outraged as they felt Jelavic was fouled by Arteta in the build up to the goal and they may have a point.
GOAAAAL! 0-2! Arsenal double their lead with a fantastic goal! Giroud picks out Ramsey who controls the ball on his chest to line up Podolski who strikes the ball low into the net!
Arsenal Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Right

Rosenoir whips in a low cross towards Long but the forward is unable to connect cleanly with his head and Szczesny makes an easy save. Should have done better.
Long heads over from a Elmohamady cross.
Davies played a short back pass to Harper and the Hull support went quiet for a moment until Harper made a panicky clearance just as Giroud looked as though he would reach the ball first.
Monreal takes out Elmohamady but the referee didn't see the incident and the Arsenal full back gets away with it.
Goalscorer Ramsey takes the free-kick but it's a really poor effort and rather weakly bounces into the wall.
Elmohamady brings down Giroud with a hefty tackle just outside the area. The Hull man is complaining but I'm not too sure what about!
Really entertaining stuff here at the KC.
OFF THE POST! Livermore strikes the post from distant! So unlucky!
And now the visitors are controlling possession in Hull's final third.
They've been second best in this contest so far but Arsenal find themselves a goal up. It really was a classy goal.
GOAAAAL! 0-1 Arsenal! Brilliant, vintage Arsenal! Ramsey finishes a really good team move with Ozil and Cazorla playing a significant part in the build up.
Arsenal Goal

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Arsenal have really struggled to keep possession so far.
Elmohamady chases back and stops Arsenal's dangerous attack. Hull looked outnumbered there but the full back done brilliantly.

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Boyd is sandwiched between two Arsenal players in the air and comes out the worst with a nose bleed. There hasn't been any holding back from either side.
Hull are breaking forward at will using the width well and looking dangerous. Bruce will be happier of the two managers at this stage.
Hull open Arsenal up at ease with Livermore finding Long in behind the defence but the Irishman - with plenty of time on his side - blasts the ball over from a tight angle.
Long proves to be wasteful twice in the last minute.
STAT: Arsenal have conceded 15 goals in their last five Premier League away games.
Meyler delivers another cross into the danger area but Szczesny again collects.
Arsenal almost punish Hull from a counter attack as Podolski finds himself with space on the flank, cuts in and powers a shot at goal which Harper blocks.
Hull continue to apply the pressure but Arsenal are looking solid at the back.
Hull City Yellow card



Meyler goes in high on Monreal and is a little late. He's the second player to be booked. Feisty game so far!
Jelavic latches onto a quick Hull free-kick and unleashes a shot at goal but Szczesny does well to push the ball out for a corner.
Mertesacker takes down Jelavic and is rightfully booked for doing so. Arteta is down after going down from a fair but strong tackle from Long. It looks as though the Arsenal midfielder has lost his tooth!
It's been a bright start for the hosts with Arsenal keen to hit their opponents on the counter attack.
Ozil is clipped by Elmohamady in the penalty area but the referee waves play on. That could have went either way.
Szczesny rushes out to clear a dangerous pass just as Long looked to latch onto the ball behind the away defence. The Arsenal goalkeeper has been busy in the opening stages of this match.
Livermore does well to win the ball in midfield and lays on Elmohamady who swings in an early cross but Szczesny gathers.
Normal service is resumed.
PLAY STOPPED! The strong wind blows over a load of advertising boards onto the pitch. Never a dull moment at the KC Stadium. Nice weather for Easter!
OUCH! Arteta catches a high foot from Huddlestone. The referee signals for a foul but no yellow card.
"We're going to Wembley" rings around the stadium. Which side will gain a mental advantage over their cup final opponents today?
City win an early corner but Szczesny does well to bravely collect the ball.
And we're underway! Hull City are experiencing their best ever season and it could get even better if they can somehow topple the Gunners today.
A minute's silence for Hull City legend Andy Davidson.
We're just five minutes away from kick-off now. The atmosphere is building at the KC Stadium as the players prepare to make their way on to the pitch.
Steve Bruce: "The number one aim was to stay in the Barclays Premier League. We need a result to put it to bed." Can Hull City pull out a surprise result today? They have lost nine of their last 10 games against Arsenal in all competitions.
Arsenal may be out of this season's title race but Liverpool are about to increase their lead at the top of the table to five points. Can they hold on?
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STAT: Oliver Giroud’s goal against West Ham in midweek was his 25th in the Premier League. Only seven of them have come away from home. He will spearhead Arsenal's attack today but a statistic like this will hardly have Bruce quaking in his boots.
Arsene Wenger: "We have a big game at Hull, we just want to prepare as well as we can for it. I think mentally we are in a better shape than a week ago, because we had two important wins, and that of course puts us in a better condition on the confidence front."
Steve Bruce: "Just when they needed a big couple of results they got them. You give great credit to the manager. It doesn't matter how they got them, they might not have played the 'Arsenal way' against Wigan last week or against West Ham but they've turned it around and won back-to-back games when they've needed to."
STAT: Arsenal’s Premier League win percentage with Mesut Ozil in the team (59%) is virtually the same as when he has been absent (58%) this season.
Hull strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic missed the FA Cup semi-final success as the pair were cup tied but they will feature today in attack. George Boyd keeps his place in the team but Yannick Sagbo is dropped to the bench. Ozil does indeed start for the visitors after recovering from a hamstring injury. Nacho Monreal is also back in the starting XI and will slot in at full back. Mathieu Flamini is available again after serving a two match suspension but can only make the bench.
Hull City: Harper, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd, Jelavic, Long. Substitutes: Figueroa, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Jakupovic, Sagbo, Quinn. /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. Substitutes: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Kallstrom, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Sanogo.
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Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE commentary of Hull City and Arsenal. Today's clash isn't just a rehearsal of the upcoming FA Cup final in May but an opportunity for Steve Bruce's side to seal a place in next season's Premier League or the Gunners to capitalise on Everton's defeat to Crystal Palace and increase their lead for fourth position.

Starting Line-ups

Hull City
    • 22
    • Rosenior
    • 6
    • Chester
    • 27
    • Boyd
    • 14
    • 8
    • 7
    • Long
    • 18
Team Manager:  Steve Bruce
    • 12
    • 19
    • 11
    • Podolski
    • 8
    • 16
    • Sagna
    • 4
    • 6
    • 18
    • Szczesny
Team Manager:  Arsène Wenger
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