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Sanchez Scores 2, Arsenal Beats Hull City 4-1

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal secured a 4-1 victory over 10-man Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday. The Chilean deflected Alex Iwobi‘s 19th-minute effort into the back of the net before missing a penalty kick after Jake Livemore was sent off for a handball.

Theo Walcott doubled the lead after the break, and while Robert Snodgrass gave the hosts some hope with 10 minutes to go, late goals from Sanchez and Granit Xhaka rubber-stamped a convincing win.

The opening goal came just before the 20-minute mark as an attacking blitz from the visitors ended in Iwobi’s drilled effort from 12 yards, deflecting off Sanchez and into the back of the net.

Mesut Ozil somehow missed the target from six yards out 10 minutes later after an Iwobi drive was spilled by Eldin Jakupovic, before Snodgrass could only hit straight at Petr Cechat the other end.

But the Tigers’ chances of getting anything from the game were seriously dented four minutes before the break when Livermore was dismissed after blocking Francis Coquelin‘s goal-bound shot with his hand inside the box.

Sanchez stepped up to take the resulting spot kick but saw his low shot toward the bottom left-hand corner tipped away by Jakupovic.

Walcott’s cool finish, after getting onto the end of a slick Iwobi backheel, 10 minutes into the second half appeared to have killed off the hosts’ threat.

But with 10 minutes to go, Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down by Cech inside the box, allowing Snodgrass to send the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.

The most unlikely of comebacks was not to be, though, as Sanchez restored the two-goal cushion by side-stepping Harry Maguire before blasting past two Hull defenders on the line with six minutes left. Xhaka added gloss to the scoreline with a contender for goal of the season, driving into the top corner from 30 yards out deep into stoppage time.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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