ARSENAL 3-0 HULL

Almunia in modest mode despite penalty heroics

December 19, 2009
By Soccernet Staff

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia played down his penalty save which helped Arsenal to a 3-0 Premier League win over Hull.

The Gunners were 1-0 up through Denilson's free-kick when Almunia kept out Geovanni's spot-kick. The keeper denied it was the key moment of the match, telling ESPN: "I was confident we would score more goals.

"I was lucky today and I had the luck to save a penalty and help my team. Maybe it wasn't the best penalty for him (Geovanni) but I admire him a lot. He's a great player. It's an important win for us: three points despite not playing well.''

Eduardo and Abou Diaby scored goals after Almunia's save and the France midfielder said: "The first half it was a bit slow. We know that when we move the ball and we move well we can be very dangerous and we showed that tonight. Tonight is a good result.''

Boss Arsene Wenger admitted his side had not been at their best. "Not for 90 mins but I knew today it was a difficult game because we had two physical games against Liverpool and Burnley,'' said Wenger.

"For me the most important thing was the win. We were a bit lucky because Almunia saved us with the penalty but after that I still felt we deserved to win. I think what we have done this week is remarkable because we had two difficult games away from home and Hull had not played in midweek.''

With Manchester United having lost to Fulham today, Wenger said: "We are in the fight, This team want success. They deserve success. Let's be humble and consistent.''