Match Report: Hull City 1-4 Arsenal

The visit of Arsenal to the KCOM Stadium would always have been stern test of Hull City’s Premier League credentials but to be honest the final score isn’t a true reflection on how the Tigers played.

Having signed new players in the transfer market caretaker manager Mike Phelan went for an unchanged side to take on one of the ‘big clubs’. It proved to be possibly the wrong decision although there were contributory factors.

Arsene Wenger brought his Gunners to the KCOM looking for a victory, and while they may have got, they didn’t get it all not their own way. Arsenal took a 17thminute lead through Alexis Sanchez, when the forward got a touch on Alex Iwobi’s shot and later on could have been heading for a hat-trick.

It stayed 1-0 for 40 minutes before a shot by Coquelin rebound off Jake Livermore’s arm and away from Eldin Jakupovic. Sanchez, rather than usual penalty taker Santi Cazorla, took the kick and the ‘keeper saved it much to the displeasure of his manager who said, ‘that wasn’t the plan’.

Livermore was given a red card when all around thought it was a deflection and it could have been at worst a yellow. Referee Roger East saw it differently and the make shift centre-back was heading down the tunnel.

Not until the hour mark did Arsenal make their number advantage count when Theo Walcott, a doubt before the game, got on the end of Iwobi’s flick, while substitute defender Harry Maguire could only help the ball into the net with his head.

City were given a glimmer of light when new signing Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down by the diving Petr Cech. Robert Snodgrass, who is currently in a rich vein of scoring form of late, despatched the penalty but Arsenal hit back to win the game comfortably.

It was Sanchez who was on hand after Jakupovic blocked Walcott’s shot, before substitute, the Swiss international Xhaka, a £35m summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach, applied a superb long range strike.

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Anfield on Saturday.

 

James Chestney

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