Hull vs. Arsenal: Post-Match Reaction from Steve Bruce and Arsene Wenger

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2014

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (R) and Steve Bruce the Hull City manager exchange greetings before the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Arsenal at KC Stadium on April 20, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Arsenal recorded a relatively routine 3-0 win over Hull City on Sunday, as the Gunners strengthened their bid for the Premier League's final UEFA Champions League place.

The hosts were the better team in the early stages, but a brilliant pass from Santi Cazorla set up Aaron Ramsey, and the Welshman didn't hesitate to put his team up 1-0 against the run of play after 30 minutes.

As the Tigers pushed for an equaliser before half-time, the visitors started gaining more control of the match and Lukas Podolski finished a perfectly executed counter to double the lead just before the end of the first 45 minutes.

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Lukas Podolski (L) of Arsenal shoots past Steve Harper the Hull City goalkeeper and James Chester (R) of Hull City to score his sides third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Arsenal at KC Stadiu
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The goal wasn't without controversy, as Hull could have been awarded a free-kick prior to the counter that set the German international up for his beautiful volley.

Podolski added a third goal early in the second half—his second of the afternoon—as the Gunners put the match to bed. Hull never really recovered from the goal just before half-time, and the Gunners saw through the rest of the match in a mature fashion.

As this fan pointed out, the result of today's match was far more important to the Gunners as Steve Bruce and his men would have been more concerned with figuring out how best to play Arsenal ahead of next month's FA Cup final:

Arsene Wenger has been taking a lot of heat in the past few weeks, but as The Mirror's John Cross noticed, winning cures everything:

Podolski's two goals obviously had a tremendous impact on Sunday's match, and Wenger commented on the German's style of play and how it is best to use him, per Gooner Talk's Chris Wheatley:

The French manager was also happy his team were able to press their advantage away from the Emirates Stadium, something that hasn't always been the case this season:

Transfer Central quoted Wenger stating that Jack Wilshere was doing well in his recovery, and that the midfielder should be back to form in time for the World Cup:

Per the Premier League's Twitter account, Wenger appeared very confident his team would hold on to the league's final Champions League ticket:

Hull's manager Bruce was none too happy with Arsenal's second goal, as shared by talkSPORT's Andrew McKenna:

The Yorkshire Post's Richard Sutcliffe was also able to grab a quote on some of the team's injury concerns ahead of next week's match against Fulham:

With the win, Arsenal put the pressure back on the shoulders of Everton. The gap between both teams extended to four points ahead of the Toffees' clash with Manchester United, so this was a crucial victory in that regard, with Everton running out 2-0 winners over the reigning champions.

Just three matches separate the Gunners from Champions League football, and Sunday's win over Hull marks a big step as Wenger and his troops look to fend off the challenge from Everton.