Hull City 1 Arsenal 3
(Quinn 56, Alexis 28, 45, Ramsey 33)

Arsenal moved a step closer to securing second spot in the Premeir League and Champions League football next season, with a thumping 3-1 win at Hull. At times, the football was spectacular with the Gunners dominating the proceedings and getting the goals to match. Alexis Sanchez struck a superb free kick which deflected off Michael Dawson, giving keeper Steve Harper no chance. Aaron Ramsey then converted with a well taken strike from Santi Cazorla’s pass which also had a deflection on its way past Harper. The two goal scorers then combined with Ramsey spotting the run of Alexis. The Chilean outpaced the Hull defence before rounding Harper to give Arsenal a 3-0 half time lead. Stephen Quinn grabbed a consolation for the home side after 56 minutes, but it was the Gunners who returned back South with all three points.

Both sides fielded unchanged sides from last week end – the Gunners unchanged for a fourth consecutive time – and an expectant Arsenal travelling support was hoping to see a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final result, if not the early two goal start to the home side. Playing neat and with pace and precision, it was Arsenal who set about their hosts. Alexis showed us the form that has seen him light up the Premeir League in his debut season, taking a pass from Mesut Özil before letting fly with a shot which Harper, could only parry.

Drifting dangerously, Hull are in a fight for their Premier League lives, and might have expected more for Sone Aluko’s header, which Per Mertersacker needed to clear.

But the home side were feeling the pressure. Alexis was caught by Jake Livermore three yards out of the Hull area. Getting back on his feet and with his sight firmly fixed on Harper’s goal, Alexis took the free kick. He struck with power, the touch off Dawson’s head deflecting the ball beyond a bamboozled Harper as Arsenal took the lead.

It was all the incentive that Arsenal needed. Playing a deeper role, but the more advanced when needed in attack, Cazorla was finding his range of deep passing with the steel of Francis Coquelin chasing and hustling to protect the Gunners’ defence. It was one such raking pass from Cazorla which picked out Ramsey. The Welshman controlled the ball, then turned Robbie Brady, before hitting his looping shot past a startled Harper. Replays showed that the ball clipped the Hull defender on the way in, with the Gunners now doubling their lead.

Arsenal were on fire, and it was surely just a matter of time before more Gunners’ goals would be on the way. Ramsey was enjoying his night’s work. He picked out the run of Alexis, powering through the Hull defence. As Harper ran out, Alexis side stepped the ‘ keeper before finishing into the empty net. 3-0 at half time and Arsenal were in total command.

At the break, Arsene Wenger will have urged his players to remain focused and reminded them that a team fighting for their top flight survival could still pose problems. The home side did get on the scoresheet, and in controversial circumstances. Lauren Koscielny was caught by David Meyler in the build up, but play was allowed to continue. Ahmed El Mohamady sent over a cross which Quinn headed past David Ospina.

Hull caught a whiff of a comeback, and had Paul McShane’s header been on target from Elmohammady’s cross from the right, it could have become a nervy affair for the Gunners. However, Wenger’s side held firm.

No let up in the energy and stamina levels of both sides, but it was Arsenal who began to click into gear again. On came Jack Wilshere for the final 20 minutes, and his first taste of Premier League action since last November. His direct running and movement was the last thing the home side needed.

Wilshere combined with Olivier Giroud, with Hector Bellerin fizzing a shot at Harper which was too hot for the Hull ‘keeper. Wilshere was on hand for a rebound and a goal on his return was imminent from Harper’s parry, that was until James Chester put out an arm for a blatant penalty which wasn’t award. The Gunners finished strong with Ozil having another impressive away day.

The win sees Arsenal level on 70 points with Manchester City but with a game in hand at home to Sunderland.

The result and the performance had Wenger beaming at full time.

He said, ” I’m very happy with the result and the performance because we had a fluent game, we were pacy, we created many chances and the amazing thing is that the two goals we scored were deflected and the clear cut chances we didn’t score. But overall you could see that’s the good dynamic in the team and our game was very good.”

The Gunners boss was pleased to see Alexis net his 24th goal of the season, the first Arsenal player to score more than 20 goals in a first season since Thierry Henry, and surpassing even his expectation of his summer signing.

” I expected him to be more a provider than a goal scorer especially because I play him on the flanks where you have less chances. He has the timing and his runs are very good, he gets in good areas to finish.”

The three points means that Arsenal have now won nine of their last ten Premier League games, drawing the one at home to Chelsea. In that last ten game sequence, they have scored 21 goals and conceded just six times for a 28 point tally from a maximum of 30.

In an end of season debatable reference of total controlled precision football likened to being played on the moon, the Gunners can rest assured that based on this scoreline and recent form, Wenger’s side are definitely playing football which is out of this world!