By Alan Duffy
Arsenal produced a superb display at the KC Stadium on Monday night, securing a well-deserved 3-1 win which sees the Gunners go level on points with second-placed Manchester City while still having a game in hand.
The visitors started superbly and eventually Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark. The Chilean picked himself up after being fouled on the edge of the Tigers’ boss before seeing his free-kick deflecting in off the head of Michael Dawson.
Just before the break, the Gunners benefited from another deflection, with Aaron Ramsey’s shot catching out Steve Harper in the Hull goal.
There was nothing lucky about the Gunners’ third though, with Ramsey’s outstanding through-ball setting up Sanchez for his second.
After the break, Hull did get one back when Stephen Quinn headed home from Ahmed Elmohamady’s centre.
However, the north Londoners remained in full control with Mesut Ozil, amongst others, producing some dazzling football.
A fine cameo appearance from Jack Wilshere was the icing on the cake for Arsene Wenger and co. as they ran home comfortable winners.
Arsenal are now nine points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, with a top-four berth all but sealed and a top two finish very much in their own hands. As for Steve Bruce’s Tigers, an improved second-half display will have given the manager hope but his side are now just one points clear of danger, having played a game more than 18th placed Sunderland.
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