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Gunners record comfortable win at the Tigers

Posted on September 17, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a comfortable 4-1 win at Hull City on Saturday afternoon after Alexis Sanchez grabbed a brace and Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka also got on the scoresheet.

Arsenal had the first attempt of the game on four minutes, as winger, Alex Iwobi on the left saw an effort on goal blocked.

The Gunners posed a threat to the Hull defence on 13 minutes. Mesut Ozil found Theo Walcott on the right and the winger found Alexis Sanchez nearly the penalty spot, only for the Chilean to fire over the bar.

The Gunners took the lead on 17 minutes. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic palmed a Walcott cross away, which landed at the feet of Iwobi, whose shot took a big deflection off Alexis Sanchez and found its way into the net.

On 21 minutes Abel Hernandez sliced well wide of goal in a rare threat for the Tigers in early stages. Three minutes later it was Arsenal’s turn to threaten the Hull goal, as Walcott saw an effort comfortably saved by Jakupovic after good work from Ozil.

The visitors looked set to take a two-goal lead on 28 minutes. Jakupovic got down superbly well to save Iwobi’s low effort from near the penalty spot and Ozil fired the rebound over the bar from ten yards out.

The home side had a rare attack on 36 minutes, but winger Robert Snodgrass hit an effort straight at Petr Cech from inside the area. On 40 minutes Arsenal was awarded a penalty kick, as Francis Coquelin’s effort was blocked in the area by Jake Livermore, who was shown a red card.

Sanchez stepped up to take the penalty and saw his spot-kick saved by Tigers goalkeeper Jakupovic atoned for his early error. The Hull ‘keeper pulled off another save at his near post on 43 minutes.

The Gunners doubled their lead with the first chance of the second half, as Iwobi was involved again, this time superbly back-heeling the ball to Walcott, who chipped the ball over Jakupovic before substitute Harry Maguire attempted to head the ball off the line only to help the ball into the net.

Hull’s first attempt of the second period arrived on 66 minutes, as Abel Hernandez’s overhead kick hit the bar. The attempt would not have counted anyway, as the flag was up for offside.

Arsenal continued to dominate possession for much of the second period until the 78th minute when the home side was given a penalty kick. Hull substitute Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down in the area by Petr Cech and the Gunners ‘keeper was shown a yellow card.

Scotland international winger Robert Snodgrass stepped up and made no mistake with his spot-kick.  The goal looked to have put the Tigers back into the match.

However, any hope of recovering anything from the game disappeared on 83 minutes. Jakupovic produced a good save from Walcott, but Sanchez fired home with players on the line. Two minutes later Sanchez saw another effort from the edge of the area saved by Jakupovic.

With the last effort of the game, the Gunners scored their fourth of the game in stoppage-time. Substitute Granit Xhaka picked-up the ball 30 yards out and hit a superb swerving effort that beat Jakupovic all ends up.

The Gunners have now built up some momentum in the Premier League and will now be targeting a good run of results in the top-flight.

Who was your Arsenal man of the match against Hull?

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