There was a definite sea change in Arsenal's first team last night - a never-say-die determination that I believe has emerged since the penalty shoot out in Rome.
1-0 down to a lucky deflection against a team hell bent on wasting as much time as possible, but the Gunners remained patient and resilient and battled to win the tie.
Was the winning goal offside? Who cares?! Did Cesc spit on the ground in the vicinity of an assistant? Again, who cares?!
The fact is that the better team won and the negative tactic employed by Hull - passing the ball among three players to take a throw in was a new one on me - failed miserably.
In terms of our Man of the Match, Alex Song had a great game, as did Andrey Arshavin. Theo Walcott also looked sharp at times and Kieran Gibbs looks more assured each time he gets a first team start.
So forgetting the handbags at twenty paces that Phil Brown seems is a more necessary part of his job than coaching his players to entertain the fans - click on the 'read more' link below to access our poll and vote for your Man of the Match...