A controversial double by Alexis Sanchez saw us win all three points in a weekend where Spurs lost, Chelsea dropped points, and with Man City still to play, this weekend looks to have been a good one for Arsenal (at last).
The game was no walk in the park though, with Hull clearly keen to build on their recent good results against Man United and Liverpool. However, on the half hour mark Alexis Sanchez put us ahead, a goal mouth scramble saw the ball flick up and into the net off his hand. Definitely controversial, and definitely a surprise it was given, especially given our pretty rough treatment by referees of late.
Hull came at us in the second half, and could have grabbed an equaliser, but Keiran Gibb’s took out Markovic as he raced in on goal. Clattenburg reached for his pocket and only pulled out a yellow, later explaining the ball was running away from goal. Another slice of luck.
As Hull pressed for the equaliser, we were handed a spot kick in injury time after Perez’ goalbound header was palmed away by defender Clucas on the line. This time, the card was red, and Alexis Sanchez coolly despatched the spot kick to send the three remaining Arsenal fans at The Emirates literally wild.
Anyway, three points is three points, so on we go. Bayern Munich on Weds, then Sutton United next Monday in the FA Cup, then with league games against Liverpool, Leicester and West Brom in coming weeks it could be a good time to go on a decent run before we face Man City at the start of April.
Chelsea play Swansea at home, West Ham away and Watford at home before traveling to Stoke, Old Trafford and Everton in coming weeks, so perhaps our title challenge could be back on? Spurs now have a fairly easy (on paper) run of games, with Stoke and Everton at home, Palace away, Saints at home, Burnley and Swansea away, Watford, Bournemouth and Leicester coming up – just have to hope they stay in the Spursday night cup, and the 124 games which they’ll have to win to get anywhere near the final of the Europa League.