Alexis Sanchez’s brace and a Granit Xhaka thunderbolt strike ensured Arsenal secured all the three points against Hull City as the Gunners earn their third straight win in a row since December 2015.
Arsene Wenger ruffled a lot of feathers once again as he retains Alexis Sanchez in the centre forward role. The Chilean has failed to live up to expectation when played on that role and fans were wondering whether this would be one of them.
Arsenal got into their stride early enough but found it difficult to break down a disciplined Hull defence. Arsenal had their first real chance of the game in the 13th minute and Alexis should have scored really. A misplaced pass gifted possesion to Arsenal in the middleand Arsenal broke away with purpose. Theo Walcott’s low cross met the waiting Alexis Sanchez and instead of converting, the Tocopila man sent his shot high into the stand amidst noise of ironic cheers from the home support.
THe Chilean would soon have the last laugh as he deflected in Iwobi’s shot to give Arsenal the lead in the 17th minute. Hull goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic parried Walcott’s cross into the path of Iwobi who then fires a low shot that is deflected off Sanchez and into the back of the net.
Hull restarted the game but could fashion out anything meaningful. In the 4oth minute, their woe was compounded as Jake Livermore got the matching order after blocking a Francis Coquelin goal-bound shot with his arms. Arsenal were awarded a penalty which Alexis Sanchez missed.
The game ended 1 – 0 at half time.
Arsenal started the second half brightly too waiting patiently for the moment to carve an opening in the Hull defence. Hull were content to allow them that luxury as they waitto catch them on the counter. This never happened though as ARsenal scored their second through Theo Walcott with Alex Iwobi playing a major part in that too. Iwobi’s clever back heel met the English man whose chipped cross was deflected in by Hull’s Harry Maguire.
At this point, it was a matter of how many more.
Hull however found a way back into the game from the penalty spot. Arsenal goalkeeper was adjudged by the referee to have fouled substitute Mbokani. Robert Snodgrass converted the resulting penalty sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
This gave Hull City renewed hope but that didn’t last long as Sanchez scored his second of the game. Walcott had brought out a save from Jakupovic but the ball bounced gracefully to Sanchez who skipped past one defender before sending the ball into the top corner of the post. Alexis just loves scoring against the Tigers.
Granit Xhaka made the game safe for Arsenal and what a way to score your first goal for your new club. The Swiss international was afforded a lot of space and he duly obliged sending in a shot from 30 yards out.
Arsenal leaped into third place on the table, 5 points behind leaders Manchester City and after that disastrous first game of the season, the Gunners seem to be getting back into their stride.
Now, onto the next one.