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Arsenal v Hull as it happened

FA Cup sixth round result
Arsenal 2-1 Hull



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By Saj Chowdhury

2200: I'm off to dunk more biscuits in a fresh cup of tea. Thanks for all your 606 comments and texts.

Danny Baker is hosting 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live at 2200 GMT. Give him a call on 0500 909 693.

On the whistle, it was the brilliant Andrey Arshavin who came out on top with an average of 8.21.
Player Rater

2155: "That's the big four in the FA Cup semis then."
Neil, Everton fan, Arborfield.

I see what you did there Neil.

2153: "It was a very scrappy game in the first half. Arsenal weren't quick enough. In the second half, Arsenal started quickly and Theo Walcott got more of the ball."

Summariser Ray Parlour on BBC Radio 5 Live

2150: Stat attack. It's Arsenal's eighth FA Cup semi-final in 12 years. They haven't reached an FA Cup semi since 2005.

2149: "Bring on the moaning from Hull boss Phil Brown. Quite laughable really if he can't acknowledge his team were totally outplayed second half and deserved to lose." tef_afc_08 on 606

2144: Well, not vintage Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger's team have had recently rediscovered the knack of winning again. Hull put in a great rearguard performance, but it's not league survival for the Tigers. Good game, I thought.

2143: Arsenal will now play Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday 18 April at 1715 BST.

2142: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-1 Hull

2140: Mike Riley shows Samir Nasri a yellow card. The ref's 100th booking of the match - more or less. Hull boss Phil Brown throws a fit after Geovanni goes down under a challenge and no free-kick is given.

2140: Fifth minute of stoppage time now.

2137: More good play from the beautifully-coiffeured Bacary Sagna whose lay-off finds Emmanuel Eboue.

2135: Nicklas Bendtner has been very influential for Arsenal after coming on. He is fed the ball by Bacary Sagna, turns and forces Boaz Myhill into making a low save.

2129: GOAL Arsenal 2-1 Hull
Huge, huge controversy. I mean huge. William Gallas heads in from six yards and in what appears to be an offside position. A long free-kick is played into the area and is headed on by an Arsenal head to Gallas, who nods into an empty net.

2126: Screw turning. The truly fantastic Andrey Arshavin plays in Arsenal team-mate Kieran Gibbs, but the young 'un fires his low shot into the arms of Boaz Myhill.

2124: Hull's Sam Ricketts adds another goal-saving block to his collection - this time from Nicklas Bendtner after Boaz Myhill spills a cross.

2124: Manucho picks up a yellow. Don't know why. Sorry.

2123: Robin van Persie smacks one on the volley from 20 yards but straight into the arms of Boaz Myhill.

2121: Arsenal's for the taking? Yeah, right. Geovanni holds off an Arsenal challenge before slamming his effort from 18 yards past Lukasz Fabianski but into the side-netting.

2119: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Hull
It was coming. Robin van Persie taps in from inside the six-yard area. Substitute Nicklas Bendtner powers into the area and then pulls the ball back for Andrey Arshavin. The former Zenit St Petersburg player sets up Van Persie who makes no mistake.

2117: Hull crossbar rattled. Robin van Persie heads Andrey Atrshavin's left-wing corner on to the bar.

2117: According to my colleague Scriv, Hull were around the 11-1 mark to win the game.

2116: "Saj, I know this isn't the time or the place, but I love you..."
Toon4Europe on 606

Thanks again mum.

2114: Boaz Myhill dives low to his right to push a low Robin van Persie free-kick round the post. Good effort Boaz.

2113: This is for Bernard Mendy fans. Bernard Mendy is coming on for Hull, while Peter Halmosi is coming off.

2111: Yellow card for Hull's Andy Dawson for a foul on Theo Walcott. Little bit unfair on the lad.

2110: Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner come on for Arsenal. Alex Song and Carlos Vela make way.

2109: "Whilst bored one lunchtime, I dunked a warm Greggs sausage roll in a cup of tea. Let's just say, it wasn't quite the taste sensation that I expected.
Cen via text on 81111

I find that disturbing.

2108: Samir Nasri is coming on for Arsenal.

2107: Arsenal have been accusing Hull of time-wasting. Mike Riley appears to have taken note and books keeper Boaz Myhill... for time wasting.

2105: More last-ditch tackling from Hull. This time it's diminutive goal-hero Nicky Barmby who flies in to prevent Andrey Arshavin from unleashing inside the area.

2104: Hull's Craig Fagan could have had a cup of tea (with biscuit to dunk) before delivering from the right wing because he had so much time and space. Fortunately for Arsenal it comes to nothing.

2103: "Did your cookie break when you dunked it in your tea?"
Jeremy via text on 81111

No. I put that down to years of perfecting.

2100: More edge-of-the-seat stuff in the Hull area. A corner is played in but Robin van Persie's header is cleared off the line by Andy Dawson. Pinball stuff ensues before Alexandre Song spins and fires wide from eight yards.

2059: Massive chance for Arsenal. Abou Diaby charges to the edge of the six-yard area but powers his header from Andrey Arshavin's down and wide. Should have scored. Really should have scored.

2055: Arsenal's Theo Walcott is trying his utmost, but he's not quite at the races yet. Tries to take on the defenders on the right but runs out of trickery.

2055: I just dunked a chocolate chip cookie in a cup of hot tea. Nice. Back to the match now.

2053: "Only the first eight cup games in all competitions are covered by season tickets."
Christie in Surrey via text on 81111


2051: Mike Riley books Peter Halmosi for not retreating the full yardage as Robin van Persie was about to take a free-kick. The delivery brushes a few heads in the six-yard area before going behind.

2050: Arsenal restart the match. Hull's Bryan Hughes comes on for Ian Ashbee.

2048: "This is the weirdest feeling ever - I came alone to the match and thought I would be in good company - there is nobody for at least 10 seats in any direction!"
Hugo at the Emirates via text on 81111

2047: Is it true that a lot of Arsenal season ticket holders have used up their 'cup matches' allowance?

2043: "My flatmate just put a chair through a wall coz Arsenal are losin'"
superScotland_fan on 606

They don't make walls like they used to eh?

2042: "I have a fiver on Hull and Darlington to both win. Return of £225. Do I have any chance?
Ally in Edinburgh via 81111

Yes. And no.

2035: Well, what do you make of that? Hull began brilliantly, but Arsenal came back into it in the last 15 minutes. Andrey Arshavin looks pretty decent tonight and Arsene Wenger's men may need a little bit more magic from him.

Have your say on the match

2034: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Hull

2032: The 'Arsh' is on fire. Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin unleashes a cracking volley on the full from 20 yards that misses Boaz Myhill's left-hand upright by a foot.

2031: "Missing Eduardo tonight"
BurtonAlbionFC on 606

Yes, Arsenal are.

2027: Tremendous block by Hull's Sam Ricketts. Theo Walcott's ball finds Andrey Arshavin who fires his goalbound shot from eight yards, but it only travels two yards thanks to the lad Ricketts.

2026: "Empty seats could be down to closure of kings cross tube earlier as this was a sell out according to the club."
Catherine via text on 81111

Good update Catherine.

2024: At the other end, Kamil Zayatte produces a ridiculously good tackle inside the area to take the ball off Theo Walcott. Of course, if he missed the ball it would have been ridiculously stupid.

2022: Blimey! Hull go close to grabbing another. Peter Halmosi lofts in a free-kick and Kamil Zayatte manages to get a bit of head on the ball but sees his effort loop on to the netting.

2021: "Song has been the only positive from arsenals performance so far. Shocking all over the pitch!"
Laurence, Wolverhampton via text on 81111 .

2020: Robin van Persie's getting told off by ref Mike Riley. I don't know why. He's been naughty.

2017: Great low shot from Arsenal's recent hero Andrey Arshavin, but his effort is deflected behind.

2017: "I'm quite stunned by the number of empty seats on FA Cup quarter-final night"
Commentator Mike Ingham on BBC 5 Live.

2015: Robin van Persie's receiving treatment, but he's OK.

2014: Hull's Craig Fagan massively messes things up on the area and gives the ball away to Kieran Gibbs on the edge of the area. Arsenal fail to take advantage.

2013: This is the best FA Cup game... tonight.

2009: What a save and another 'goal'! Geovanni curls in a cracking free-kick that Lukasz Fabianski pushes behind for a corner. From the corner, the ball finds its way to Nicky Barmby, who again finds the net. But his effort is ruled offside.

2008: Hull's Peter Halmosi, maybe less celebrated than Theo Walcott, does his Maradona '86 impression before he is brought down on the edge of the area.

2006: Theo Walcott warms up by taking on a few Hull players in the middle. He's stopped in his tracks. The ball goes out for a corner eventually and ends up at the feet of Walcott again at the edge of the area, but the dinky speed merchant spanners his effort.

2004: Geovanni fancies another Emirates rocket, but fluffs it big style from 25 yards.

2003: "Saj, what's your predo for tonight's game?"
Anon via text on 81111

Arsenal 0-1 Hull

1959: GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Hull
Nicky Barmby's scored. He has you know. The ball is played to him by Andy Dawson. The former England player tries his luck from 16 yards, his effort gets a wicked deflection off Johan Djourou and loops over Lukasz Fabianski.

1957: I'd love to say there's a lot happening on the pitch, but there isn't.

1956: A fair few empty seats at the Emirates Stadium. I wonder what the attendance is?

1954: Saj Chowdhury, never seen you do match commentary before but it's always nice to see someone new, welcome and hope you have fun with us all.
LaticsValencia on 606

Thanks mum.

1953: Robin van Persie plays in a free-kick into the six-yard area but Hull defend well.

1949: Hull's Manucho just skinned Johan Djourou, but then checked. Why Manucho? Why?

1947: "Arsenal to win the treble. You heard it here first Saj. This is just the start. GOONERS!!!"
shac4ever on 606

Unlikely, but thanks.

1946: Hull kick off.

1944: "Anyone know the story behind 'the wonder of you'? I don't mind the song, but it's hideous as an 'entrance theme'"
quiteManners on 606

It is a nice song...and no... I don't know why they play it.

1942: "I have a three-hour exam on every day of the rest of this week. I have given up caring at all about Roman, Constitutional and Criminal Law. Where do I find myself? Here, with the FA Cup, two teams playing I'm disinterested in, but this is the oldest football competition in the world, and that's why I'm here!"
Daniel Craig David James on 606

Magic of the Cup, DCDJ, magic of the Cup

1939: "If you ask me, Mendy has been Hull's best player this season - why does he never, ever start? Fast, skilful, good final ball. Bring him on!"
Ollie, London on 81111.

He had a good game against Newcastle the other day. Useful. Although he should have picked out Manucho.

1935: Thanks to everyone who pointed out that Arsenal are playing Hull and not West Brom. I had Baggies overload last night.

1929: TEAMS
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Song Billong, Diaby, Vela, Arshavin, Van Persie.
Subs: Mannone, Toure, Nasri, Denilson, Silvestre, Bendtner, Eboue.

Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson, Ashbee, Barmby, Geovanni, Fagan, Manucho, Halmosi.
Subs: Duke, Hughes, France, Garcia, Mendy, Folan, Featherstone.

Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin starts after recovering from a cut foot. Lukasz Fabianski is in goal, while William Gallas returns from an ankle complaint to replace Kolo Toure.

Hull have also made six changes to their line-up. Geovanni, who scored that cracker at the Emirates earlier this season, is in the starting XI.

1923: "It's East Yorkshire not Humberside they got rid of that years ago 1997 approx. Can't the BBC get it right"
dhenry on 606

Was being slightly controversial dhenry. I remember the good ol' Humberside days. Some would say I remember the days of Wessex too.

1919: I was leaning more towards an Arsenal win in my opening posting, but I forgot that the Tigers nabbed a 2-1 win at the Emirates last September. Soz Hull.

1914: "I hope its not as dull and boring as the match yesterday."
SimpreZola on 606

Yup, West Ham v West Brom was a great cure for insomniacs.

1905: The oracle of the airwaves Sir Danny Baker is hosting 606 on 5 Live at 2200 GMT straight after the commentary which will be brought to you by Mike Ingham and Simon Brotherton.

I once rang Baker when he was doing 606 in 1997 (that's 12 years ago). It was during my uni days in Leeds and I lived with five other lads.

Anyway, while I was on the blower downstairs, my mates picked up the phone and played a compilation of Simpsons and Father Ted clips down the phone. I was consequently cut off.

Tonight, Baker wants to know about the best and worst the game has brought out in you (also any other footie chat on your brilliant minds) - give him a buzz on 0500 909 693 when the lines open up at 2200 GMT.
Danny Baker's 606

1900: That's right, I'm doing a live commentary. No Cheese and no Stevenson - the bosses showed a bit of goodwill and allowed them to leave the office.

And what a match I've been given to make a mess... er... commentate on.

Foregone conclusion? No. It's the Cup isn't it. Leveller and all that. Although if I was too take the scientific approach, then I would say that Arsenal will have a field-day against our friends from Humberside (East Yorkshire) - but I won't.

Which team awaits the winners? Chelsea. Easy.

see also
Arsenal 2-1 Hull
17 Mar 09 |  FA Cup

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