Tale of two handballs as Alexis Sanchez leads Arsenal to crucial win over Hull City

Alexis Sanchez scored with a handball as Arsenal ended a run of two consecutive defeats in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Hull City.

The Gunners, who recalled Kieran Gibbs in place of Nacho Monreal to the line-up, created a string of chances in the first period with Mesut Ozil and Sanchez spurning good opportunities.

And they needed a huge dollop of luck to take the lead with Sanchez putting the ball into the net with his hand after Gibbs’ shot was cleared off the line.

The second half was a tame affair until the home side were awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Sam Clucas was sent off ironically for handball, with the home side’s Chilean striker coolly netting the penalty.

It sees Arsene Wenger’s side climb to third in the table, while Hull stay 18th, ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday.

TALKING POINT

Why wasn’t Sanchez’s opening goal ruled out? Referee Mark Clattenburg had a discussion with his assistant before awarding the goal so perhaps they deemed it was not deliberate. But TV replays showed it clearly struck the former Barcelona player’s hand otherwise the ball would not have crossed the line.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): The Chilean was at the centre of his side’s attacks. His work rate was top notch as ever although he was fortunate not to have his first goal ruled out. His future at the Emirates may be in doubt but he showed no signs of discontent against the Tigers.

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