Alexis Sanchez scored a controversial goal as Arsenal held on to beat Hull City 2-0 in a tight encounter at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
The Chile international bundled home from close range in the 34th minute, though replays showed the ball went in off his hand and perhaps should have been disallowed.
It was a far from vintage display from Arsenal, with many attacking players, none more so than Mesut Ozil, just not looking themselves after a recent difficult run.
If referee Mark Clattenburg was generous to allow Sanchez’s goal (though some would argue he couldn’t possibly have moved his hand out of the way that quickly in a clearly accidental touch), he was even more so on Kieran Gibbs later on.
Hull winger Lazar Markovic was a threat throughout, and was through on goal in the second half before being barged over by Gibbs, who was the last man.
Incredibly, the left-back escaped with just a yellow card, though the on-loan Liverpool wide-man continued to cause havoc on his side for much of the second period.
Petr Cech had to make two good saves from Oumar Niasse to preserve Arsenal’s slender lead, but the Gunners counter-attacked late on to seal the win from the spot.
Sam Clucas was sent off for handling on the line after a Lucas Perez header, and Sanchez stepped up to dispatch the penalty in stoppage time.