Alexis' fires in Arsenal's third goal
Alexis’ fires in Arsenal’s third goal

Arsenal beat Hull City 4-1 at the KCOM Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice and also missed a penalty. The Gunners other goals were scored by Theo Walcott and substitute Granit Xhaka.

Robert Snodgrass netted Hull City’s goal from the penalty spot.

The Tigers finished the match with 10 men after Jake Livermore was shown a red card in the first-half for handling the ball in the penalty area – with Alexis missing the resultant penalty kick.

Petr Cech returned in-goal after being replaced by David Ospina for the Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi replaced Lucas Perez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain respectively from the starting line-up against Southampton in the Premier League last Saturday.

Granit Xhaka once again started on the bench but enhanced for a starting spot with a spectacular injury-time goal.

Whilst Olivier Giroud missed out altogether with a toe injury.

Both sides started well and looked comfortable in possession.

A through ball set up Abel Hernandez to give Hull an early sight on goal, but Petr Cech was quick off his line to clear the danger.

The Gunners opened the scoring in the 17th minute after a cross into the box by Theo Walcott.

Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic parried the ball out as far as Alex Iwobi and his shot was touched into the net by Alexis Sanchez.

Alexis was then denied by a tackle from Andy Robertson from doubling the Gunners lead.

Jakupovic then denied Iwobi, with Mesut Ozil putting the rebound wide of the goal.

Hull were reduced to 10 men after Jake Livermore handled Francis Cooquelin’s shot.

However Jakupovic saved down to his right to deny a poor effort from Alexis from the resultant penalty kick.

Jakupovic then made another save when an Arsenal corner deflected off Elmohamady and towards goal, as the Swiss goalkeeper continued to keep Hull in the game.

The Gunners were on top in the first half, but were denied by a combination of the excellence of Jakupovic and a lack of clinical finishing.

Santi Cazorla who had picked up a yellow card for a cynical challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady in the 36th minute was treading a fine line with referee Roger East

The Spaniard blatantly tripped Robert Snodgrass in the 50th minute but the referee decided against showing a second yellow card.

Arsenal doubled their lead in the 55th minute. Theo Walcott played a one-two with Iwobi. He then dinked the ball over Jakupovic, with Harry Maguire deflecting the ball into the back of the net.

Hull put up spirited resistance with 10 men and pushed forward in search of a goal to get the back in the match.

Mustafi had to be alert on 65 minutes to deny Hernandez. Robert Snodgrass then wasted a free-kick by firing it straight into the wall. Before Hernandez’s spectacular overhead kick hit the crossbar, but the assistant referee’s flag went up for offside and would have denied the striker if the effort had gone into the net.

Laurent Koscielny then intercepted a Snodgrass pass intended for Hernandez.

Arsenal also wasted a number of chances to kill off the match on the counter-attack.

They were made to pay in the 79th minute when substitute Mbokani with his first touch was fouled in the box by Petr Cech.  Snodgrass sent Cech the wrong way from the penalty spot to bring the score back to 1-2..

It took Arsenal four minutes to restore their two-goal lead!. Walcott had a one-on-one with Jakupovic. Once gain the keeper made an excellent save. Unluckily for him the ball rebounded to Alexis who fired his shot into the back of the net.

Substitute Granit Xhaka put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal in the second minute of injury time.

It was a spectacular strike that swerved and flew into the top left-hand corner of the net past Jakupovic.

So a third straight Premier League victory for Arsenal at one of their happy hunting grounds.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny, Coquelin, Cazorla (Xhaka), Iwobi (Elneny), Ozil, Walcott (Perez), Sanchez