Arsenal emerged comfortable winners, in the end, thanks to goals from Xhaka, Walcott and a Sanchez brace. Hull began the better side, and played with freedom but Arsenal's opener seemed to dent their confidence. A Jake Livermore red card minutes later did not aide their cause one bit and although Sanchez did fluff the resulting penalty, a Walcott goal 10 minutes after the half time break gave Arsenal a 2 goal cushion. Mbokani came on and had an instant impact winning a penalty for his side which Snodgrass converted. Alexis, however, stifled the fightback with Arsenal's third before Granit Xhaka's monstrous strike sealed the 3 points for the Gunners.
The win takes Arsenal into 2nd place in the table while Hull slip down to 10th.
Full time whistle blows. Hull 1-4 Arsenal
93' Elneny picks out Xhaka near the half way line. The Swiss the4n advances a few steps and fires an absolute piledriver into the top corner. no chance for Jakupovic
93' Screamer from Xhaka
91' Not Clucas' finest moment there as he fires a wild shot from 30 yards out into the stands. He has been exceptional at the back though despite conceding 3
We will have 3 minutes of added time
89' It's shoot on sight for Coquelin as he receives the balls miles away from the goal and fires a shot on his weaker left foot into the second tier.
88' Arsenal substitution. Lucas Perez on for Walcott
86' Arsenal looking for more!
Walcott turns provider this time and lays it off for Alexis whose shot is straight at Jakupovic
Alexis feeds Walcott in behind the defence. Walcott hits it straight at the keeper but Alexis is on hand to bury the rebound. Surely game over now
83' Sanchez scores. 3-1
79. Snodgrass steps up and buries the penalty confidently.
Hull back in this game
Straight away an impact by the sub who pushes it past the keeper and takes a tumble
79' penalty for Hull
78' Hull substitution
Mbokani comes on Hernandez
77' Poor from Walcott again
Ozil feeds the winger in behind the Hull defence but Walcott gets caught in 2 minds and ends up crossing the ball into the crowd
75' Walcott fires over
A scrap outside the Hull danger area results in the ball falling kindly for Walcott but he fires well over from about 20 yards out
73' Great play by Arsenal
Coquelin exchanges a one two pass with Ozil and then Bellerin but the attack fizzles out at the edge of the Hull box
71' Mistake from Koscielny
The Frenchman gifts the ball to Abel Hernandez who tries to play in Snodgrass. Koscielny recovers though and makes the interception
68' Arsenal substitution. Granit Xhaka replaces Cazorla
67' Acrobatic from hernandez
A ball is lofted into the danger area and Abel decides to go for a spectacular scissor kick. It strikes the post but the flag was up anyhow
66' Poor from Snodgrass as he hits the free kick straight at the wall
65' Hull win a free kick about 30 yards out. Snodgrass steps up
63' Hull going the Big Sam way
The Tigers are now resorting to long balls over the Arsenal defence. It hasn't workd so far though
59' Cazorla shoots wide
The Spaniard weaves his way in between the Hulll defence and drives a low shot just wide of the far post
Substitution for Hull.
Ryan Mason replaces Tom huddleston in the centre of midfield
57' Surely that's game over for Hull now. They have fought hard for the most part but with 10 men it seems to be a next to impossible task against a confident Arsenal side
Theo Walcott makes it two.
Walcott drives through the heart of the midfield and feeds Iwobi who plays an exquisite back-heel pass back to Walcott who neatly dinks it over an onrushing Jakupovic
55' Goooooooallll for Arsenal
52' Not much happening at the moment with a lot of sloppy passes from both teams
49' Meanwhile, at the King Power Stadium, debutant Islam Slimani has scored a brace to give Leicester a 2-0 lead
48' How lucky was Cazorla there?
Bad challenge by the Arsenal man and could easily have been sent off there
46' Cazorla clips it into the box but itis headed away easily by the Hull defence
46' Early free kick for Arsenal in a dangerous area.
We are back!!
Half time at KCOM. Arsenal lead 1-0 but could easily have had 5. Sanchez missed a penalty after Livermore was sent off and Jakupovic has made several other fantastic saves . Will Arsenal rue their missed chances? Stay tuned for the second half
43' Another save by Jakupovic!!
Corner whipped in by Cazorla. Flicked on by Koscielny and Jakupovic gets down quickly to make a save at the near post
42' Why was Sanchez allowed to take that penalty? Cazorla had scored his last 2 penalties. Baffling decision by the Arsenal players
Penalty for Arsenal!! Sanchez misses!!
Sanchez steps up and fires it low towards the keeper's right and it is easily saved by jakupovic
Walcott whips a ball into the box. Coquelin takes a shot at goal and Livermore blocks it with his hand. Definite sending off
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