Arsenal laboured to a 2-0 win over Hull City this afternoon in a match packed full of incident. Alexis Sanchez’s controversial 34th-minute goal got us underway before the Chilean secured all three points from the penalty spot late on.
The result was exactly what the Gunners needed following a turbulent week on and off the pitch at the Emirates.
However, their performance hasn’t gone down well in the Twittersphere, with pantomime villain Sanchez involved in far more than the goals that snatched victory.
Let’s start with reaction to his ‘Hand of God’, shall we?
Hand ball no??
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) February 11, 2017
ALEXIS SANCHEZ 1-0 ARSENAL. Scrapped over the line. Doesn’t matter. Probably handball. They all count.
— Copa90 (@Copa90) February 11, 2017
Enjoyed Harry Maguire trying to grab Sanchez’s hand as he celebrated, as if it was vital forensic evidence.
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) February 11, 2017
Some record Sanchez has. You’ve got to hand it to him.
— Sam Poullain (@sampoullain) February 11, 2017
Wenger in his post-match interview:
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) February 11, 2017
— Carl Wilkinson (@Carlwilks2011) February 11, 2017
Then there was the Sanchez ‘dive’.
Sanchez booked for a big dive pic.twitter.com/QkSupVJ0M3
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 11, 2017
Former Arsenal player Alan Smith giving Sanchez the MOTM for a handball goal, a booking for a dive then converting from a contentious pen ?
— Darren (@UtdDarren) February 11, 2017
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott’s head-to-head with Tigers defender Harry Maguire got creative juices flowing. Echoes of THAT Mathieu Valbuena image.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) February 11, 2017
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) February 11, 2017
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) February 11, 2017
Despite failing to get anything from the game, Marco Silva’s Hull remained resilient throughout and arguably deserved more.
And fans were quick to point out the Gunners’ perceived shortcomings.
— Richard Hillyard (@mrrich1979) February 11, 2017
— Smithy__11 (@TehSmiithy) February 11, 2017
Welbeck and Perez could as well go and sit with fans.
Ozil and Coq should have been subbed 10 mins back
Wenger is clueless!!#ARSHUL
— Mohit (@dmohit79) February 11, 2017
This match should be enough to convince Wenger that he has nothing more to offer #ArsHul
— Soham (@4rednwhite) February 11, 2017
When did Mesut Ozil become such an average player? #ARSHUL
— Andy Hall (@andyhall1985) February 11, 2017
And just to compound the away side’s misery, Sam Clucas saw red for a deliberate handball with Sanchez gratefully stroking home the spot-kick that followed. Hmmm.
Clucas: arms by side, sent off.
Sanchez: arm in the air, scores and goal stands.
Clattenburg: bottle job. pic.twitter.com/qQwH3bqTzH
— HCS (@hullcitystuff) February 11, 2017
Sanchez handball = goal
Gibbs last man tackle = no red
Clucas handball = Arsenal penalty.
— Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) February 11, 2017
What a start to this weekend’s Premier League action!
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