Gunners win 'with handbrake on'

11 February 2017 11:01:39 EST
Alexis Sanchez - controversial goal.

Arsene Wenger admitted that his side were perhaps fortunate to escape with three points as they overcame a stubborn Hull City 2-0 at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez scored both the home side's goals – the first in controversial fashion before half-time and a stoppage time penalty at the end to ensure Arsenal halted their run of back-to-back Premier League losses.

The Chilean's opening goal was the source of intense debate. Hull failed to clear Kieran Gibbs' low shot and as the ball ricocheted off goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on the ground it bounced off the Sanchez's hand and into the net.

While the Arsenal man didn't appear to handle intentionally, the goal certainly left Hull feeling hard done by.

We were resilient, focused and organised, but a bit with the handbrake on as we were under pressure.

Arsene Wenger

The Tigers were again feeling aggrieved in the second half when Gibbs brought down a rampaging Lazar Markovic and appeared to be the last line of defence, but Mark Clattenburg produced only a yellow card.

Their misery was complete in stoppage time when Sam Clucas was sent off after he handled a Lucas Perez header on the goal line, with Sanchez converting the penalty.

Hull asked serious questions of Arsenal and, given their recent form, Wenger admitted there was caution evident in his team's approach.

"We were resilient, focused and organised, but a bit with the handbrake on as we were under pressure to win the game. In the end perhaps we were fortunate to get away with a positive result," he told the BBC.

Arsenal face Bayern Munich next in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Gunners are 15/2 to win at the Allianz Arena, with the home side 2/5 and the draw 17/4.

Hull City boss Marco Silva felt it was pretty clear his team deserved much more from their trip to north London.

"The most important thing is the result. It was a very good second half. We had control of it and caused Arsenal problems," he said.

"They started the game better than us and after the story of the first half they score with handball. We didn't deserve this result."

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