Hull draw as Welbeck nets late equaliser

Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Danny Welbeck netted a stoppage-time equaliser as injury-hit Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 against Hull at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had taken an early lead through Alexis Sanchez.

But Hull hit back with a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame, and then took the lead right after the start of the second half through Abel Hernandez.

Arsenal looked to have been frustrated before Welbeck slotted home in the first of six minutes of added time, and almost snatched it at the death through Kieran Gibbs, who was denied by stand-in Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

The hosts had little option but to move Nacho Monreal into a centre-half and put Hector Bellerin at right-back.

It was, though, a bright start by the Gunners.

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Welbeck collected a ball up to the edge of the Hull penalty area before rifling in an angled drive, which Steve Harper beat away and then was quick to block a follow-up.

Even better was to come from the Hull goalkeeper, though, as Harper acrobatically tipped over a curling 20-yard effort from Santi Cazorla.

He could do little to prevent Arsenal sweeping into the lead on 13 minutes with finish of the highest quality from Sanchez.

The Chile forward collected the ball and darted into the Hull penalty area before cutting back in side to drill a low shot into the far corner.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot was blocked by Curtis Davies as the Arsenal players appealed for handball, Hull were level on 17 minutes.

Diame picked the ball up some 25 yards out and barged past Monreal.

Mathieu Flamini then looked to have been pulled back by the midfielder, but referee Roger East allowed play to continue, with Diame clipping the ball over Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal looked to regain the initiative, having previously been in complete control.

Hull proved difficult to break down in the final third.

There was a delay just before half-time when Harper needed treatment after he looked to have injured his shoulder or neck. Veteran Swiss keeper Jakupovic came on.

Hull snatched the lead right at the start of the second half.

Tom Huddlestone floated a ball into the Arsenal penalty area, where Hernandez powered a header past Szczesny.

Arsenal continued to lack any spark.

Hernandez was replaced by Gaston Ramirez, while Arsenal sent on Aaron Ramsey.

Wilshere then hobbled off after looking to have jarred his ankle in a tackle with Ramirez, which earned him a yellow card. Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell came on.

Hull defender Michael Dawson went down but was able to continue only to then be forced off after blocking a goal-bound effort from Sanchez, who then saw a looping header tipped over by Jakupovic.

Just after the fourth official showed six minutes of added time, the Chile international skipped to the edge of the Hull area before slipping in Welbeck, who guided the ball into the far corner to equalise.

Arsenal poured forwards in search of a dramatic winner, with Jakupovic spilling a low shot from Cazorla and then blocked Gibb’s late run at the far post as Hull held out.

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Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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