Belfast Telegraph

Arsenal v Hull - story of the match

A double from Alexis Sanchez saw Arsenal seal a crucial win over 10-man Hull in a largely forgettable Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Chilean opened the scoring with a controversial effort that came off his hand, before tucking away an injury-time penalty after Sam Clucas was sent off for handling Lucas Perez's shot on the line.

Having lost at home to Watford and slipped to defeat at Chelsea in their last two outings, a minority of Arsenal fans once again turned on manager Arsene Wenger.

But, with the Frenchman sat in the stands as he served the last of his four-match touchline ban, his side returned to winning ways.


"Get Iwobi off already. Made some shocking decisions and running back to so poor #ArsHul" - Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton is not impressed by Alex Iwobi.


In a game where no one individual stood out, Harry Maguire continued his impressive form in a struggling Hull side. The 23-year-old dealt with the pace of Theo Walcott superbly and his commanding presence in defence was evident, with the visitors without their captain Michael Dawson. On the basis of this performance, if Hull are relegated at the end of the season, they will find it difficult to keep him at the club.


Earlier in the week, Arsenal Supporter's Trust warned there might be up to 10,000 empty seats against Hull due to the team's poor run of form. And empty seats were noticeable at the Emirates Stadium. A section of fans displayed placards signalling for long-term Gunners boss Wenger to leave the club during defeats against Watford and Chelsea and, again, they were out in force on Saturday afternoon.


After a subdued opening 30 minutes to the game, Arsenal found a much-needed breakthrough, but their goal was mired in controversy. Kieran Gibbs' effort was blocked on the line before the ball ricocheted into the path of Sanchez, but the Chilean forward appeared to score with his hand, despite the assistant having a clear sight of play.



Petr Cech (Out of 10) 6

Hector Bellerin 6

Shkodran Mustafi 6

Laurent Koscielny 7

Francis Coquelin 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7

Theo Walcott 5

Mesut Ozil 5

Alex Iwobi 6

Alexis Sanchez 7


Mohamed Elneny (For Walcott, 69 minutes) 6

Lucas Perez (For Oxlade-Chamberlain, 80 minutes) 6

Danny Welbeck (For Iwobi, 80 minutes) 6


Eldin Jakupovic 6

Omar Elabdellaoui 5

Andrew Robertson 6

Harry Maguire 7

Andrea Ranocchia 6

Alfred N'Diaye 6

Tom Huddlestone 6

Sam Clucas 5

Kamil Grosicki 6

Lazar Markovic 7

Oumar Niasse 6


Evandro Goebel (For Grosicki, 60 minutes) 6

Ahmed Elmohamady (For Elabdellaoui, 66 minutes) 6

Adama Diomande (For Huddlestone, 78 minutes) 5


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