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MATCH SPY: 95-year wait for victory over Hull was worth it in the end

PUBLISHED: 12:51 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010

HULL CITY 1 ARSENAL 3 Att: 24,924 BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SATURDAY 17 JANUARY Another late Arsenal show kept them in touch with the top four – and helped gain some revenge for Hull s shock 2-1 win at Emirates in September. Samir Nasri and substitute Nic

HULL CITY 1 ARSENAL 3

Att: 24,924

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY

Another late Arsenal show kept them in touch with the top four - and helped gain some revenge for Hull's shock 2-1 win at Emirates in September.

Samir Nasri and substitute Nicklas Bendtner struck in the last six minutes to earn all three points after the hosts looked to have scraped a draw thanks to Daniel Cousin's thumping header, cancelling out Emmanuel Adebayor's first-half opener.

Afterwards Adebayor insisted the win proved Arsenal, who are now unbeaten in the league for two months, remain title contenders.

"Why can't we win the Premier League?" he said.

"It's why we play for Arsenal. If we keep going and keep winning games let's see where we are at the end of the season.

"At the moment we are six points behind Manchester United, but at one stage last season we were 10 points ahead of them and they still went on to win the league so it's not over yet."

Robin van Persie was in sparkling form as he inspired Arsenal to a stirring finale, also hitting the woodwork with a vicious first half free-kick and seeing another effort deflected wide by the smallest of margins.

"He was outstanding," said his manager, Arsene Wenger, who added: "I believe this team goes from strength to strength.

"Mentally they were up for it, we were focused, united, and ready for the battle. And we gave it a go until the end.

"I think we have scored 16 goals in the last 15 minutes of the last 33 games, and we did that again today."

It was Arsenal's first league win over Hull since September, 1914.


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