EPL: Gunners in fantastic form as they beat Hull City 4-1

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has scored six goals in five games against Hull in all competitions

Alexis Sanchez scored twice and missed a penalty as Arsenal comfortably beat 10-man Hull City in the Premier League.

Sanchez’s first goal owed much to fortune rather than brilliance as Iwobi arrived at the back post and saw his effort deflect in off the Chile international._91284745_alexissanchez

Livermore was shown a straight red card five minutes before half-time when he blocked Iwobi’s goal-bound effort with his hands.

Sanchez took responsibility for the penalty ahead of recent regular taker Santi Cazorla only to see his low effort saved by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.d9019ef6eec9eff74962ecce77c13212

It was a decision which also mystified Wenger who revealed it was “not planned for Sanchez to take it” and that he wants “to know what happened and for it not to happen again”.

Walcott notched a second goal shortly before the hour mark when he got on the end of Iwobi’s clever flick with Hull defender Harry Maguire helping the ball into the net with his head.3a023607a1446b23f680a516a604d44c

Snodgrass gave Hull a glimmer of hope when he converted from the spot after Petr Cech had brought down Dieumerci Mbokani, but Arsenal’s response was emphatic.images (3)

Sanchez struck after Jakupovic had blocked Walcott’s initial shot, before substitute Switzerland international Xhaka – a £35m summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach – applied the gloss with the pick of the goals from distance.f477e01522193a677137ac339ad29c41

After three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since last Christmas, Arsenal’s season now feels properly up and running.

Hull made Arsenal work for this victory but the quality in Arsene Wenger’s side shone through.

Even when he has an off day Sanchez can be a match-winner. These were not particularly classy strikes from the Chilean, but he got the job done.

Wenger, in a season when the pressure is on him to deliver silverware, will likely feel there is plenty to build on from this performance.

8b1eba72dd398bf61b2818b24bf4d9e2The 20-year-old occupied pockets of space, used the ball intelligently and had a hand in a couple of Arsenal’s goals.

Sanchez will get the attention for his goals, but against a physical Hull side Iwobi showed he has the fight and determination to go with his flair.

unnamed (1)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a statement said, “I feel overall it was a positive performance after playing away in the Champions League and away again today.”

“We started well, dominated and were fluent. They defended well but overall we managed to score the goal, then after the missed penalty we had to be serious and score the next goal.” He addef

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan said, “My future is a lot brighter – 48 hours ago I was offered some terms. Due to this game being up on us, I decided to leave it alone for now”.37e877155a34d23dc5c657c453e9a181

“Hopefully I’ll take this club on – I want to be involved and take a great group of players forward. Once we’ve sorted out the details, we’ll make the decision.”

Arsenal have won six games at the KCOM Stadium in all competitions – more than any other away side.

Hull have lost back-to-back home league games for the first time since May 2015.

Sanchez has been involved in eight goals in his five games against Hull in all competitions (six goals, two assists).

Sanchez’s penalty miss means he is the only Arsenal player to take more than one Premier League penalty and fail to score with any of them.

Both teams have away trips in the third round of the EFL Cup during the week.

Arsenal face Championship Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday while Hull benefit from a extra day of rest before they travel to the Potteries to play Stoke.

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