On the back of a crushing defeat against Chelsea last weekend, Arsenal were looking to turn fortunes around against an in-form Hull City side who were looking to replicate last weekend’s upset of Liverpool here at the Emirates on a rather wintery afternoon….
Miserable as they were in their past two matches, Arsenal knew that they would have to start the match as the brighter of the two sides if they were to set themselves on the way to victory. Arsenal looked to have fulfilled that command as early pressure on the Hull defence finally told when Alexis Sanchez bundled in from close range to give Arsenal a deserved lead a few minutes after the half-hour mark. Oumar Niasse forced a good save from goalkeeper Petr Cech before substitute Adama Diomande headed over the bar late on.
Arsenal were then awarded a stoppage time penalty as Sam Clucas controversially handled Lucas Perez’s header to not only give Arsenal the chance to round things off…. but to see a straight red card from referee Mark Clatterburg.
Despite Hull putting in a solid display here at the Emirates, Arsenal had the upper hand in the game through their clever pieces of attacking and solidarity at the back. Laurent Koscielny was also superb at the back to prevent the likes of Oumar Niasse and Lazar Markovic creating dangerous problems for the Gunners.
Arsenal clearly could have had more by the way they were pressing and finding holes in the Hull defence but I think a solid 2-0 win will do for Arsene Wenger. A hard-fought win against Hull was quite a task especially when you take a look at the Tigers’ recent form (2-0 vs Liverpool and 0-0 vs Man Utd). The stalemate at Old Trafford was one that really stood out for me because it demonstrated Hull’s solidarity at the back and the way that they prevented the likes of Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Mkhitaryan getting in behind the defence.
Man of the match
It was yet another excellent performance from Arsenal’s main man Alexis Sanchez as his two goals brought him to 17 league goals of the campaign- the division’s top scorer. Let alone the two goals he scored, the main aspect of his game that stood out of me was the will and determination he showed which drove the team forward. If I was honest… I don’t even know where Arsenal would be without their skilled Chilean.