Alexis Sanchez double seals the three points for Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal beat Hull City 2-0 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
The Gunners made hard work of securing the win.
The match was played in a subdued atmosphere in front of a nervy home crowd.
With many home supporters deciding to give the match a miss the first half was surprisingly open affair.
Sanchez harried Tom Huddlestone into a misplaced pass in the 7th minute, which fell to Mesut Ozil but he shot weakly.
Lazar Markovic broke down the right in the 9th minute, but Oumar Niasse couldn’t get on the end of it
Petr Cech was called into action in the 13th minute to tip over Niasse’s header following a cross from Kamil Grosicki.
Hector Bellerin shot wide of the post in the 14th minute after being played in on the right side of the penalty area. He should have across Eldin Jakupovic rather than trying to beat him at his near post
Sanchez dragged his shot wide of the post in the 16th minute after the ball rebounded to him in the penalty area. It was the best chance that Arsenal had to open the scoring.
Mesut Ozil volleyed over the crossbar in the 26th minute after a Sanchez cross.
Arsenal eventually opened the scoring in the 33rd minute in controversial circumstances.
A Kieran Gibbs shot wasn’t cleared. As Sanchez went for the ball with Jakupovic, it bounced up and hit the Chilean on the hand and into the net.
Referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant awarded the goal – although at half-time Clattenburg told the Hull players he hadn’t seen the ball hit Sanchez’s hand.
The second half turned into a niggly and nervy affair.
Theo Walcott was booked in the 52nd minute after getting upset at the attention of Harry Maguire as they chased a through ball.
Referee Clattenburg made another controversial decision in the 53rd minute.
Lazar Markovic chased a long aerial ball, and was bundled over in shoulder charge by Kieran Gibbs. The referee decided the ball was going away from goal, and it wasn’t a clear goal scoring opportunity, and only booked Gibbs.
Niasse’s low strike and a header from Markovic forced Cech into saves – while substitute Adama Diomande nodded over late on from a corner.
Arsenal sealed the win in injury time.
Sanchez broke clear on the left and took the ball round Jakupovic and his cross was met by the head of substitute Lucas Perez.
Sam Clucas handled the ball on the line to concede a penalty – Clucas was shown a red card.
Sanchez converted the penalty to take his Premier League tally to 17 for the season.
Arsenal have won six penalties in the Premier League this season so far. They were awarded just two in the whole of the 2015-16 season.
Not the most convincing performance from Arsenal, but a welcome three points.
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 5, Koscielny 8, Mustafi 7, Gibbs 6, Coquelin 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 (Perez), Walcott 5 (Elneny), Iwobi 6 (Welbeck), Ozil 5, Sanchez 7