Wenger takes heart from late winner
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s last-gasp 2-1 win at 10-man Hull
could go a long way to delivering a first Premier League title
Nicklas Bendtner struck in stoppage time as the Gunners kept
pace with Chelsea at the top of the table, although they have
played a game more than their rivals.
The Gunners went in front when Andrey Arshavin prodded in
after 14 minutes but Jimmy Bullard levelled with a penalty after 28
minutes following a clumsy Sol Campbell challenge on Jan Vennegoor
The visitors struggled to break down Hull following the
45th-minute dismissal of George Boateng but their persistence paid
off when Bendtner netted the rebound after Boaz Myhill only palmed
out Denilson’s shot.
“It’s maybe not good for my heart, but for the championship
it’s not bad,” Wenger said after Arsenal’s fifth straight win.
“We have eight games to go, we are in there, why should we
“What I believe especially is that we will give absolutely
everything to do it. You saw that in the game today. We were a bit
jaded but we kept going.
“We needed the three points and we got it after the 90
Wenger had no complaints about the penalty, but did not feel
Campbell’s challenge was worthy of a red card as the last defender.
“Vennegoor of Hesselink played him in an intelligent way,”
added the Gunners boss.
“Sol had no other option than to touch him but there was no
intention, it was accidental.
“And he (Vennegoor of Hesselink) was offside at the start.”
Hull manager Phil Brown felt Campbell – a player he spoke to
over a move to the KC Stadium last summer – should have been sent
“The pivotal moment was undoubtedly in favour of Arsenal,”
Brown said. “He should have been red carded, it’s as simple as
“It was offside, but it wasn’t offside because the flag
didn’t go up.
“He’s denied a goalscoring opportunity and under the letter
of the law, he should have been red carded.”
After a difficult week in which Bullard and Nick Barmby were
involved in an altercation in front of members of the Women’s
Institute near the Humber Bridge, Brown was delighted with the
attitude of his side.
He added: “I apologised to the Women’s Institute during the
week for the fighting spirit we showed unfortunately in public, I
won’t apologise for the fighting spirit shown today.”
Brown also defended Myhill for his error and Boateng
following his dismissal.
“Boaz Myhill has done a fantastic job at this football club,”
“Yes, he’ll get judged on the way the ball came off him and
George Boateng will get judged on the fact he got a red card.
“But these players can hold their heads up high because of
the determination and the pride in the performance they put in.
“I’m very proud of my players. Ten men have harried and
chased one of the best footballing teams in the country, if not in
Europe, if not in the world.”
Meanwhile, Brown faces an anxious wait to discover Kamil
Zayatte was on crutches following the match after being
forced off early in the second half following a strong challenge by