Arsenal 2 Hull City 0
( Bendtner 2, Özil 47 )

This was yet another accomplished display from Arsene Wenger’s Premiership leaders, a performance full of energy and power from the outset.From the moment, Nicklas Bendtner put Arsenal ahead, less than two minutes into this match, the home side took control, and, never did they look like relinquishing it.

Mesut Özil added a second after the interval, but in truth, it could have been so much more, the Gunners were in that kind of mood. Arsenal retain their four-point margin at the top of the division after their sixth win in seven league matches.

“It was a convincing performance,” said a relaxed Arsene Wenger. “We had good control of the game and also kept a clean sheet.”

Bendtner, on his first start since March 2011, began the scoring with a firm header to cap off a fine team move. Credit must go to in-form Aaron Ramsey, who played a superb reverse pass to Carl Jenkinson as the move took shape. Jenskinson came in for the injured Bacary Sagna with Nacho Monreal at left back. Wenger kept Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere on a strong Gunners’ bench.

Jenskison it was who delivered an accurate cross into the danger zone where Bendtner, who had cleverly lost his marker James Chester, diverted the ball past Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

There were barely 90 seconds on the clock, and the Danish striker had given his side the perfect start. As the first half went on, Arsenal’s early dominance against rugged opponents could have been rewarded against Steve Bruce’s men.

On Bendtner, Wenger was praiseworthy for a player most Arsenal fans had thought would have been plying his trade elsewhere. “He has worked hard in training. When he is physically sharp, he can compete with anybody.I believe in his quality and when he has that commitment and attitude his quality shows.”

On 33 minutes, McGregor was forced into action by denying Ramsey with a full-stretch save from a powerful shot. It deserved a goal. Arsenal should have been out of sight by the interval, such was the gulf in class between the teams.

Arsenal’s players had been ruthless in a great first half, and it was the Welshman, one of the stars of the season, who continued to demonstrate why Wenger has stuck with him with a display full of creativity. It took just two minutes of the second half for Ramsey to exert his influence again on the game.

Arsenal took possession of the ball outside Hull’s penalty area, where Özil collected it from Monreal before exchanging passes with Ramsey. The German playmaker, having drifted off his marker, then made the space for his team-mate, who delivered an inch-perfect pass into his feet. Özil made no mistake, slamming it low past McGregor from close range.

Bendtner came close with a headed effort and remained a threat up until 73 minutes, when he was replaced by Theo Walcott as Wenger made a series of changes.

Hull had chances of their own. On 66 minutes, substitute George Boyd put a new-post header wide. He had another goal-scoring opportunity late on, but by then, Arsenal were home and dry.

On the back of their shock win at home to Liverpool last week end,Hull manager Bruce knew the task at the Emirates would be a tall order. “Arsenal are confident enough and then when they go 1-0 up early on it becomes a difficult evening for us,” he acknowledged.