Last Updated: 19/12/09 7:30pm
The match ends and Arsenal move to within two points of Manchester United. Hull are 16th as their four-match unbeaten run is brought to an end. Thanks for joining me tonight. Cheers.
Vela receives the ball from Walcott in the area and he shapes to turn, but then lays the ball off to his team-mate whose wayward shot is the final act in an entertaining match.
Although Hull haven't stopped fighting, they will be eager for referee Bennett to bring this match to an end.
Hull haven't given up and Cousin beats Vermaelen in the air, gets his head to Hunt's cross but fails to guide his effort on target.
Vela's wondeful backheel sets Silvestre on his way and he lays the ball off to Ramsey. His lovely shot from range flies just wide of the mark, much to the relief of Myhill.
At the other end Walcott times his run perfectly and beats Gardener to the ball. Myhill is forced to rush off his line and Walcott lofts the ball over the Hull 'keeper only to see his effort bounce just wide of the upright.
Vermaelen heads clear a Hull cross and Hunt his the rebound on the volley. Almunia makes a sharp save to deny the shot though.
The Gunners pass their way into the final third but then Olofinjana wins the ball. However, the energetic Ramsey wins the ball back only for Silvestre to botch his cross.
The Song/Diaby combination has wreaked havoc in midfield in the second stanza, Hull have had no answer to the pair's power and guile.
Hunt's persistence almost pays off as the ball is lofted into the area and he fights his way through the Gunners defence. But the Irishman just fails to reach the ball.
GOAL DIABY! Hull push forward only for Walcott to counter. The young winger takes his time on the ball though and just as it seems the Tigers have re-organised, Diaby and Song share passes and give the ball to Arshavin. He plays a beautiful ball through the centre for Diaby who continues his run and although Myhill gets a touch, he finds the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Ramsey's sloping pass catches Hull square and Eduardo runs in behind the defence. But instead of looking for Arshavin, he somewhat greedily shoots. And that turns out to be a poor decision because the effort is off target.
Not for long though because Diaby wins a corner off Myhill, who redeems himself by collecting the ensuing set-piece with ease.
Ramsey's first touch is a good one that frees space for Arshavin who sends the ball to Eduardo. The Croat tries a give-and-go for Arshavin but it is a loose pass and the attack peters out.
Hull have lost their shape in the last 10 minutes or so and this is giving Song freedom in the middle third.
Song's shoddy touch means Hull win the ball in midfield. Hunt looks to attack down the wing and he slides the ball in for Dawson. However, Arsenal read the move and cut out the attack.
Arshavin decides to dribble to the byline and Zayatte shadows him and shepherds the ball out for yet another goal-kick.
The Londoners are on the rampage as Song bursts forward again and plays the ball to Silvestre who in turn feeds the ball to Arshavin. The Russian knocks the ball on for Silvestre but unluckily for the hosts the ball trickles out for a goal-kick.
GOAL EDUARDO! Arsenal score a trademark goal after Song and Diaby toy with Hull and pierce through the Hull defence with a brilliant passing move. Then Diaby pushes to the byline and knocks the ball across the face of goal and Eduardo stabs the ball past Myhill.
Geovanni dribbles goalwards as he looks to atone for his penalty miss and Song makes a fine tackle to end the attack.
Almunia makes a dramatic save by diving to his right to block Geovanni's effort. Three Hull players try to reach the rebound first but Arsenal get out of jail there!
The home crowd has responded in the second half as their team pushes forward. The decibel level has certainly increased.
After another wave of attack from Arsenal, Myhill takes charge and catches Nasri's cross to relieve the pressure.
Arshavin twists and turns his way past a couple of defenders and his cross for Eduardo requires a strong header from Gardener for Hull to clear the danger.
There's some typical Arsenal build-up play but Hunt eventually wins the ball for the Humbersiders. I mean Tigers..
At the other end Arsenal come close to doubling their lead. Arshavin skips past his marker and crosses into the middle. Eduardo picks up the ball but his shot is wide of the target.
Hull create a chance, albeit a scrappy one as Geovanni's cross releases McShane who drives to the byline. His cross finds Hunt in the box but the winger just can't get a shot away.
Brown has made his first change: Barmby makes way for Seyi Olofinjana just before Arsenal start the second half.
Dean Gathercole has questioned Brown's team selection: 'Hi I'm a Hull City supporter and I am fed up with Phil Brown picking Garcia, maybe he should be investigated by the premiership FA for not picking his best squad, again no Altidore, Ghilas, Marney, and big Van'. Erik from the States concurs, 'Against one of the more undersized back lines in the premier league and Brown leaves his most physically imposing striker at the hotel? We've seen what Altidore has done against smaller defenders in his time with the USMNT. Vennegoor on the bench as well. The man could manage his way out of a paper bag.'
We have a nice debate developing here, but it's not about Arsenal's goal or Brown's selection. It's about geography. Steve Critten has joined the great Humberside debate and says, 'Tell Dave Macklin that there may not be an official county called Humberside but people do still use it as a general term for the area around the Humber!! As Hull is by the side of the Humber your statement was if not totally acceptable to some but still accurate and as the Fire Service and police force that cover the area are both called Humberside then I would say your Geography is not all bad.' Good to know!
So Arsenal took the lead under controversial circumstances. Find out if Hull can launch a fight back when the action resumes in a few minutes' time.
There's also a great e-mail from a defeated Everton fan Ben Clague, who writes, 'as an evertonian (sadly) with little to look forward to this season but a fantasy football fanatic (happily) its all eyes on this match. arsenal dont need fabregas. arshavin could win this league on his own and with wenger being one of the long standing managers and not facing the same number of injuries that United have, my money is on Arsenal to take the title this season.merry christmas mate and all the best to you, your team and your family.'
There's been quite a bit of feedback. We'll start with Moses Wale who reckons, "There will be stunning results today. But am very optimistic that Arsenal will win by 2 - 0." Sinnot adds: "I hope arsenal win this 4.0 keep in touch with utd".
GOAL DENILSON! The Brazilian's execution over the dead ball is sublime and his shot from some 30 yards beats Myhill who fails to make contact with the ball after diving to his right.
Then Boateng concedes another free-kick in a dangerous area by fouling Diaby. The Tigers are incensed by that decision and dispute it...to no avail of course.
Zayatte is booked for a clumsy challenge on Vermaelen - it's degenerated somewhat and the half-time break can't come soon enough
Replays of the incident a moment ago show Garcia going down with Nasri in close proximity to him. Not sure if there was too much in it though.
Nasri and Hunt were involved in the squabble and the pair get a talking to from the referee who also books the pair.
Arsenal win the ball back and at the other end, just outside the area, Arshavin is tackled from behind by Geovanni.
So they try another attack down the left and Arshavin's perfectly-weighted cross finds the head of Song who dives in and makes a decent connection. There's a deflection off a Hull defender though and Arsenal win a corner.
Arsenal have failed to get into the final third and are still having to pass the ball in front of the Hull back four. There is just no way through at the moment.
Hull counter through Geovanni whose cross for Dawson causes a moment of panic in the Arsenal ranks. But Gallas makes a timely intervention.
Silvestre and Diaby look to push into the box but the excellent Dean Marney is having none of it and pilfers the ball.
Thanks to Dave Macklin from Hull who has pointed out that my geography is rubbish. 'Please be aware that there is no Humberside any more - Hull is in EAST YORKSHIRE thanks. p.s. I'd settle for a 0-0 Christmas present today,' he says.
Eboue is also enjoying some space on his flank. But Wenger will again be disappointed by the delivery that flies out for a goal-kick.
Diaby threads the ball to Arshavin's feet in the box and the Russian's attempted chip is hacked clear by Zayatte.
Hull have been pinned deep in their own half for a few minutes now as the Gunners ratchet up the pressure.
It's all Arsenal now and Eduardo shows his body strength to hold off Boateng and drive into the area. His give and go with Nasri almost gives the hitman time and space for a shot but in the end the ball rolls through for Myhill to collect.
Arshavin takes on Zayatte and the defender dispossesses the Russian and concedes a throw-in on the far side.
Eduardo's set-piece is cleared as far as Vermaelen and he sends the ball back into the mixer but Silvestre can't direct the ball on target.
Eduardo finds some space on the fringes of the area thanks to a fine pass from Eboue. The Croatian striker attempts a curling shot that flashes just wide of the upright.
'come on arsenal we love u we might have fabregas and van persie out if we put our mind to it we will win come on the ARSENAL', says matthew minshall
Diaby shrugs off a couple of tackles and shares a one-two with Eboue. The French midfielder then tries an audacious backheel in the box but it doesn't find its way through to one of his team-mates
Diaby releases Silvestre down the left channel and his first time cross is once again out of the reach of Arshavin et al. Arsene Wenger might want to rethink that tactic.
Geovanni wins a free-kick in midfield after a scrappy period of play that Hull waste by trying to take it too quickly.
There's a bit of a flashpoint as Stephen Hunt is ruled offside when he was clearly onside. Hunt then collides with Almunia who doesn't take kindly to the contact.
Arsenal are starting to hit their straps. Nasri is set-up by Eduardo after good play by Song but the Frenchman's shot is hit straight at Myhill.
Arsenal win a corner that Nasri whips in and again Hull's well-organised defence have no trouble clearing.
Ben Keraro's observation is a good one: 'Arsenal lie 5th as per earlier results in today's fixtures. They are without their influential captain. They have every motivation to prove that even with all the odds they have had to face they are a team that belongs in the top four. I suspect a midfield a little disjointed but with Arshavin in rich form at the moment should provide a spark upfront. Hull would love to kick Wenger boys at home but I doubt if they will enough motivation to match Arsenal. I still think Arsenal will concede (because they seem to always do that) but will in the end emerge 3-1 winners. Go Gunners!'
But then the Gunners carve out a half chance when Eboue and Nasri combine on the right flank. The Ivorian's cross, however, is too close to Boaz Myhill.
Geovanni turns beautifully on the right but his cross doesn't match his ball control and Arsenal have a goal-kick.
Steve from Hertford says:' With the results today I'd settle for any win - 1-0, 5-4, anything as long as we get the three points! Thought Ramsey would've got a start though. May have to be patient for a win today.'
Arsenal push into the Hull half after being pegged back in their defensive third for a couple of minutes.
Rebecca says: 'Come on Arsenal, we havent got Van Persie or the mighty Fabregas today, but if we put our minds to it defend and push forward we can win this :) .... just think 2 points behind Manchester United, bring on the title race...'
Remember Hull beat Arsenal at the Emirates last season and have started quite well as they seek a repeat of that result.
Thomas Vermaelen gets a few early touches as the hosts look to build from the back. And for an extended spell the Gunners pass the ball around with menace on the fringes of the Hull area before the visitors win the ball.
The visitors get the match underway and attack immediately down the right through Richard Garcia and Paul McShane, but Arsenal eventually clear their lines.
Ryan Isbell says: "Hi I'm an Arsenal fan and i think Arsenal win today, 4-0. Also in January I think to keep us in the race Arsene needs to put his hand in his pocket and buy us a target man and maybe a need keeper...'
Hull are 14/1 to win this one but perhaps a better punt would be on Andrei Arshavin to open the scoring at 7/2.
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Pre-match: Denilson returns to the Arsenal side for the clash with Hull at the Emirates Stadium. The Brazilian midfielder missed the trip to Burnley with a back injury but is back in the starting XI in place of the injured Cesc Fabregas. Coach Arsene Wenger has made two other changes to the side that draw 1-1 at Turf Moor in midweek - Emmanuel Eboue and Eduardo both start with Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott dropping to the bench. Hull have made one change from the team which drew with Blackburn, with Nick Barmby replacing Dean Marney.
Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Vermaelen, Gallas, Silvestre, Song Billong, Denilson, Nasri, Diaby, Eduardo, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Sagna, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Emmanuel-Thomas
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Zayatte, Gardner, Dawson, Boateng, Garcia, Geovanni, Barmby, Hunt, Fagan. Subs: Duke, Mendy, Kilbane, Ghilas, Cousin, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Olofinjana