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

since 2004.

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

of Hesselink.

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

not believe?

“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

minutes.”

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

off.

“The pivotal moment was undoubtedly in favour of Arsenal,”

Brown said. “He should have been red carded, it’s as simple as

that.

“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,”

he said.

“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’s fate.

Zayatte was on crutches following the match after being

forced off early in the second half following a strong challenge by

Campbell.