Theo Walcott produced one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt in the last few years, while Alex Iwobi gave a brilliant glimpse into how bright the Gunners’ future could be as Arsenal beat Hull City 4-1 at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal were quick out of the blocks this afternoon and took the lead in the 17th minute when Walcott’s first time cross from the right wing was palmed into the path of Alex Iwobi. The Nigerian’s goal bound effort was deflected by Alexis Sanchez, who claimed the goal, but it didn’t really mattered who was credited with it – Arsenal were 1-0 ahead.
The Gunners should have taken a 2-0 lead into the interval, but missed their second penalty of the season when surprise penalty taker Sanchez saw his poorly struck shot saved low down to his right by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. The penalty was a result of Jake Livermore blocking Francis Coquelin’s shot with his arm, with the former Tottenham man also given his marching orders by the referee.
Arsenal took advantage of their man advantage 10 minutes into the second half when a fantastic back heel from Iwobi put Walcott through on goal and the Gunners’ forward produced an excellent dinked finish over the on-rushing keeper to make it 2-0 in favour of the away side.
Hull were able to claw their way back into the game when Robert Snodgrass showed the correct way to put away a penalty when Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down in the box by Petr Cech as the recently introduced striker broke through on goal.
Arsenal did not have to wait long to restore their two goal advantage with Sanchez producing a composed finish inside the box after Walcott’s initial effort was saved by Jakupovic when the England international had been played through on goal by the Chilean.
And Arsenal made the points safe late on with substitute Granit Xhaka grabbing the goal of the game with a gorgeous strike from 35 yards into the top corner, giving Jakupovic absolutely no chance.
The win takes Arsenal up to 10 points, ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League standings, despite the Gunners less than desirable start to the season. With Manchester City also winning though, they continue to trail the league’s early pace setters by 5 points.
Up next for Arsenal is a trip to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Tuesday. Hull City meanwhile will face Stoke City the following day.