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.
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.
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.