Hull City 1 Arsenal 4
Snodgrass 79 (pen), Alexis 17,83 Walcott 55, Xhaka 90+2

Arsenal won their third consecutive Premier League match with a 4-1 thumping of Hull City at the KCom stadium. The hosts were reduced to ten men when Jake Livermore was shown a straight red card for a first half handball. Alexis had already given the Gunners a 1-0 lead at that point, but missed the resultant spot kick. Theo Walcott doubled the Arsenal lead ten minutes after the break, with Alexis striking a second seven minutes before time. Granit Xhaka came off the bench and struck a injury time screamer for his first Arsenal goal, as Hull who had a penalty tucked away by Robert Snodgrass were week and truly beaten by Arsene Wenger’s men.

” I think overall we had a convincing performance in two different situations. 11 against 11, I thought we played well. When you play 11 against 10, it is, of course, not the same mentally and psychologically. But we remained serious and in the end we won the game in a convincing way, I would say overall. But we had a very difficult game against Southampton last week, then went away to Paris Saint-Germain. It’s an away game, so you are happy with the three points,” acknowledged Wenger.

When Hull couldn’t clear their lines, Francis Coquelin kept the move alive. The ball fell to Walcott who crossed from the right. Iwobi’s angled shot looked to be on target, but it was a fine touch by Alexis Sanchez which helped the ball past Jakupovic for the game’s opener. Arsenal were energised and went in search of more. Alexis was on course to double the lead, until Robertson intervened with a vital tackle.

Alexis was running the show and his strong run and pass out to Hector Bellerin should have seen another Gunners’ goal. Iwobi’s shot was saved low down by Jakupovic with Özil firing over with the goal at his mercy. When Hull did threaten his goal, they found Petr Cech in no mood to be beaten from open play as Snodgrass found out.

The Gunners were all but camped in the Hull half as the home side desperately attempted to soak up all the pressure. When Walcott’s goal bound shot was blocked by Jake Livermore, a straight red card was shown to the Hull central defender and a penalty was awarded.

Much has been made of who is the preferred Arsenal penalty taker. After his miss at home to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season, Walcott hasn’t taken another spot kick, indeed that duty has been successfully competed by Santi Cazorla against Watford and Southampton respectively. On the pitch here, Cazorla was usurped by Alexis, who after checking his run up, the Chile striker struck a poor spot kick allowing Jakupovic to save.

Cazorla has developed a timely steel to his game and alongside Coquelin in midfield, there seems to be an unexpected partnership developing. On a yellow card after a first half mistimed tackle on Ahmed Elmohamady, the Spain midfielder would need to be watchful as the afternoon progressed.

Happily the Gunners kept their eleven on the pitch and soon they doubled their advantage. Ozil fed Walcott. His pass to Iwobi produced a clever back heel into the path of the advancing Walcott. As Jakupovic came out, Walcott clipped the ball over him and into the Hull net.

Two goals to the good at the KCom stadium and Arsenal were cruising. There was a slight wobble however when substitute Mbokani was caught by Cech as he tried to round the Gunners’ keeper. A penalty to Hull and a yellow card to Cech was the outcome. Snodgrass slotted home from twelve yards and suddenly ten man Hull were back in the game.

The Hull comeback however wasn’t to be. Fed by Alexis, Walcott did well to get in front of Curtis Davis to get his shot away, which Jakupovic denied. But there was Alexis in the follow up, who despite seeing Hull defenders on the line, was able to rifle high into the net for a 3-1 scoreline.

In time added on substitute Granit Xhaka let fly from the 30 yard mark to beat Jakupovic for a stunning strike and his first for the Gunners. It added gloss to a 4-1 Arsenal win on another happy away day.

With their third Premier League win in succession, Arsenal will look to carry on the winning habit when they host London rivals Chelsea next Saturday, with Wenger urging more of the same.

” We had a big shock in our first game and I said straight away after that first game that we face a mental test to see how well we respond. We went away to Leicester and to Watford straightaway. So overall I think we responded well. We were not ready physically at the start of the season, we are now much better so let’s hope we can continue our improvement.”