Wenger takes heart from late winner

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.