Arsenal 2-0 Hull City
- Alexis Sanchez controversially gave Arsenal the lead on 35 minutes.
- Replays showed the ball hit the Chilean on the arm as it went over the line.
- Sanchez put the game beyond doubt with a penalty in stoppage time.
- Hull City had chances through the likes of Oumar Niasse and Lazar Markovic.
- Arsenal now move up to third while Hull are still stuck in the relegation zone.
A rather drab affair but three vital points for Arsenal nonetheless. Alexis Sanchez's brace handed Arsene Wenger's men the points in a game defined by two handballs.
The Chilean star bundled Arsenal's opener into the net with his hand on 35 minutes, while Lucas Perez's goalbound header was stopped on the line by Sam Clucas' arm. The versatile midfielder gave Mark Clattenburg no choice but to show him a red card, and Sanchez made no mistake from the spot.
That brings us to the end of our coverage of the goings on at The Emirates but stick with us for all the goals as they happen in the Premier League three o'clockers.
Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Hull City.
Sanchez sneaks the penalty under Eldin Jakupovic to complete the job for Arsenal. It's not been pretty, but the three points are incredibly valuable for the Gunners, who have looked low on confidence today.
GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Hull City (Sanchez)
An incredibly tepid affair defined by two handballs. Lucas Perez's goalbound header from an Alexis Sanchez cross is handballed by Sam Clucas. The Hull star is inevitably shown his marching orders.
RED CARD FOR HULL!
PENALTY TO ARSENAL!
Arguably the most entertaining moment of the whole second half was the handbags between Maguire and Walcott.
Diomande manages to connect with a corner but his header flies over the bar. Five minutes of normal time remaining.
This really is a dull game. Overhit passes and poor crosses everywhere.
Hopefully the introduction of Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez can inject life into proceedings. The pair replace Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hull's final change of the day is an attacking one with Diomande coming on in place of Huddlestone.
Sanchez has been shown a yellow card for simulation. Replays show Ranocchia did touch him but it's fair to say the Chilean exaggerated the contact.
Ranocchia is booked for a mistimed challenge on Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean then receives a kick from Elmohamady, whose protests are waved away by Clattenburg.
Arsene Wenger makes his first move of the day as Theo Walcott comes off to be replaced by Mohamed Elneny. Oxlade-Chamberlain will now be shifted to the right wing.
N'Diaye blasts a wayward shot high and wide. The Villarreal loanee had better options but failed to take them. Silva makes his second change with Elmohamady replacing Elabdellaoui.
Hull have replaced Grosicki - very ineffective in the second half - with Evandro. First substitution of the day.
Iwobi picks out Ozil on the left hand side and gets the return pass from the mercurial playmaker. Some neat footwork from the Nigerian international gives him the chance to shoot but he blasts over from 17 yards.
The game is bubbling under nicely now with a real edge to proceedings. Little in the way of clear-cut chances in the second half but more space is beginning to appear.
Gibbs shoves Markovic with the Serbian through on goal. Mark Clattenburg brandishes a yellow card for the left-back but Hull players are seething and are demanding a red. They have a point.
Walcott and Maguire engage in some pushing and shoving for no real reason whatsoever. The Arsenal winger's petulence - along with throwing the ball away - has earned him a yellow card.
Niasse draws an excellent save from Cech after some more strong running by Markovic! The Everton loanee has all the time in the world in the penalty area but cannot apply the finish after being picked out by the Serbian.
Better from the Humbersiders.
The second half is in somewhat of a lull at the moment, so here are some photos of Sanchez bundling home the opener.
Coquelin is immediately on the ground after coming off second best in a clash with N'Diaye. It looks like the Frenchman may have to be replaced.
Second half is underway. Can Hull peg Arsenal back, or will the Gunners fire their way to three points?
Thierry Henry believes referee Mark Clattenburg was right to award Sanchez's goal.
The former Arsenal striker is a strong advocate of hands playing a big part in crucial goals, just ask the Republic of Ireland...