[Teams] Arsenal vs Hull City: Confirmed Line-Ups

Arsenal put a nightmare fortnight behind them and got back to Premier League winning ways on Saturday, defeating a resurgent Hull City side 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

A subdued atmosphere surrounded the Emirates prior to the game and during the opening exchanges, but the refereeing mishap in the first-half helped to lift the mood.

However, they will now turn their attentions to securing a 21st consecutive top four finish in the league, starting with a home clash against relegation-threatened Hull this afternoon.

Perhaps just a coincidence rather than a fair reflection of Coquelin's ability and his importance to the Arsenal team but they really do not make for pleasant reading for fans of the north Londoners.

Referee Mark Clattenburg allowed the goal to stand, but apologised to the Hull players after seeing replays of the incident during the half-time break.

Arsenal great Ian Wright says Arsene Wenger has admitted that his time as manager may be coming to an end.

The pressure eased on the Arsenal boss as his side secured a 2-0 win over Hull at the Emirates
The pressure eased on the Arsenal boss as his side secured a 2-0 win over Hull at the Emirates

The first goal came via the hand of Sanchez, as he bundled the ball home from close range 11 minutes before halftime, with officials failing to spot the crucial deflection.

According to Hull fullback Andrew Robertson, the referee apologized to the Hull players at halftime, admitting he shouldn't have given the goal. "He obviously realises he was in the wrong".

"It happens so quick that it's a tough one for the ref, you've got to kind of feel sorry for him".

It was expected Arsenal would be title favourites last Premier League season with the likes of Chelsea and the Manchester clubs struggling big time but Leicester City stole their thunder with the London club finishing second. I'm responsible for many things, but not for the refereeing decisions.

All told, it was hardly inspiring but hey, three points are three points and we needed them. Of those previous three, he's lost only one (0-2 at Chelsea), drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford and then beating Liverpool at the KCOM in the last match.

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  • Julie Sanders