At the start of the season few would have predicted that these sides would be having equal share of points after 4 games in the new season but so has been the story so far for the high flying Hull City before the start of this match where they enjoy the most successful start to the Premier League season after 4 games and amid reports of Mike Phelan being offered a permanent role they took on the Gunners here at the KCOM stadium. Last time the tigers emerged winners in this fixture was way back in 1915, today’s game also marked a tricky chain of fixtures lying ahead with Liverpool and Chelsea up for them in next two weeks. As for Arsenal they salvaged a draw in Paris earlier in what looked a complete show of domination by the home team. Wenger started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Granit Xhaka on the bench once again and the Gunner fan fraternity took to social media platform to vent its disappointment.
Hull meant business right from the word go and there were box to box attacks and great impetus from both the teams. Arsenal looked to dominate with Cazorla-Coquelin circling more frequently around the opponents half and making forward plays regularly. The first half ended with scoreline of 1-0 and Hull being reduced to 10 men just at the 40th minute mark.
The second half saw Hull City committing more players forward in order to get the equalizer but the likes of Koscielney-Mustafi dealt with them. Walcott bagged his 100th goal for Arsenal and country with a beautiful chip from the side, Hull introduced Mbokani who earned a penalty right away which was converted by Hull and it injected a new life in home supporters only to be left in silence after Sanchez netted after 4 minutes of Hull’s penalty. Granit Xhaka scored a screamer in stoppage time to wrap up the match 1-4 in favour of the Gunners (Arsenal).
Player Ratings :-
Petr Cech 6/10
Should have kept a clean sheet where he was a spectator for most part of the time, made a decent run forward to clear the ball in the first half and was rarely tested after that. In the second half he gave away the penalty from the position he could have done nothing else.
Hector Bellerin 6/10
Was sloppy again on the flanks and needs to add some attacking attributes up his sleeve as a right back if he has to look more threatening from the right. Decent in defending and covered the pitch well for a player who has challenged Usain Bolt for a face-off.
Laurent Koscielney 7/10
Showed glimpse of lacking co-ordination with Mustafi but was quick to correct the errors and held the back of former Valencia defender very well.
Shokdran Mustafi 7/10
He was not afraid to go forward on certain occasions and maintained a high line in first half. Looked a stoic figure and was controlling strings at the back, shrugged of Hernandez who was looking to penetrate with his pace.
Nacho Monreal 6/10
He is yet to achieve his full brilliance and like Bellerin needs to add some weapons up his armour when attacking from the left, defended well but looked shaky at moments. Kept Snodgrass in check who have had a decent run for Hull in past few games.
Santi Cazorla 6/10
Was off the pace in the game and was fortunate not to be sent off after getting booked for a rash tackle in the first half. He is much more than that and had a normal and quiet game by his standards.
Francis Coquelin 7/10
Provided that defensive cover to Cazorla going forward which is why Wenger started him instead of Xhaka and looked aggressive, won some crucial tackles and was fluent in his passing. Earned the penalty for Arsenal at the stroke of half time.
Alex Iwobi 8/10 MOTM
Much improved performance than what we saw of him in Paris and his movement were excellent, was unlucky not to get the goal after deflection from Sanchez and showed sheer composure in tight positions. Played a part in the second goal as well with a brilliant back heel pass to Walcott who finished off the move.
Mesut Ozil 6/10
He has not quiet achieved that brilliance in his play which was evident last season and his passes were often intercepted, all in all was decent and needs a good game to get that confidence back again.
Theo Walcott 7/10
Got his 100th goal for club and country with a great finish but looked ordinary for the rest of the game in his field movements and was dispossessed easily. Provided good crosses at times from the flanks.
Alexis Sanchez 7/10
Could have got his hat trick if he had converted the penalty but he was good throughout the game and showed great composure for his second goal. Not a natural striker which was on show earlier when he skied off a pass from Walcott just before the goal.
Granit Xhaka 8/10
What a way to get his first goal for the club, he shut down the sophomoric mouths who were beginning to doubt his quality. Pogba who?
Covered the ground well and provided Hull little space in the midfield with tracking from left to right in time where players often show complacency.
Lucas Perez 6/10
Was brought in dying moments of the game, exhibited couple of decent touches which must have built in some confidence.