Arsenal can still be top, believes Wenger as Brown refuses panic over relegation fears at Hull

18 January 2009 07:14
No room for error: Wenger has not lost faith in his team, but knows it will be difficult to catch the top four Hull looked like frustrating the Londoners for a second time this season when Daniel Cousin, scorer of the winner when the sides met last September, cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor's opener after 65 minutes. But the visitors finished strongly and snatched a victory that keeps them within six points of leaders United with goals from Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner in the last nine minutes. Wenger said: 'There was extra pressure and you know that you cannot afford to drop points.   More. Hull City 1 Arsenal 3: Gunners fire in Nick of time Bolton 0 Manchester United 1: Berbatov's last-gasp strike sends Fergie's men to the top Chelsea 2 Stoke 1: Big, big escape for under-fire Scolari Sunderland 1 Aston Villa 2: Ref justice as dubious decisions go Villa's way ARSENAL FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB HULL CITY FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB 'The level of ambition, we are up for it. You can see this team is determined, has a strong resolve and we have to give absolutely everything to finish as high as we can.' Late goals seemed to be the order of the day as all three of the other top sides in action yesterday scored in the last 10 minutes, which Wenger sees as proof of how competitive the Premier League is this season. He also expects more twists and turns to come as he added: 'I believe there will still be a few surprises in this league. You could have had two or three yesterday. 'That shows that until the end you want to give absolutely everything to come back.' Arsenal's victory owed much to the impressive Robin van Persie, who created all three goals, as he crossed from a corner for Adebayor, set up Nasri with a sublime pass and then played a neat one-two with Bendtner in the box. Impressive: Robin van Persie Although Wenger acknowledged his performance, he was keen to heap praise on the rest of the team: 'He was outstanding and all the team fought really hard and was very sharp,' he said. 'They gave absolutely everything.' But while Arsenal can still contemplate a place at the top, Hull's form is now becoming a serious concern. After just one win in 13 outings, the last five being defeats, the heady days of September and October when the club overcame Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and West Brom now seem long gone. However, despite being just six points above the relegation, manager Phil Brown is refusing to panic. 'There are a lot of positives to be taken from the game,' he said. 'We probably showed Arsenal a little bit too much respect in the first half. 'In the second half I thought we got in their faces and denied them the opportunity to play any kind of fluent football. 'It was sticky for them and the body language when we equalised was looking like there was only one team going to win the game, and that was us. 'But they saved the best until the last 10 minutes. They were sublime in certain patches and went on to win the game comfortably.' Brown will now look to further strengthen his squad before their next league game at West Ham on January 27. New signings Kevin Kilbane and Manucho made their debuts against the Gunners but this month's recruitment drive is unlikely to end there. A move for former Liverpool defender Steve Finnan appears to have broken down but the club are actively pursuing other targets.   More. Hull City 1 Arsenal 3: Gunners fire in Nick of time Bolton 0 Manchester United 1: Berbatov's last-gasp strike sends Fergie's men to the top Chelsea 2 Stoke 1: Big, big escape for under-fire Scolari Sunderland 1 Aston Villa 2: Ref justice as dubious decisions go Villa's way ARSENAL FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB HULL CITY FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB  

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