It was very unlikely for Arsenal to lose three consecutive Premier League matches and they dragged themselves over visiting Hull City in a hard forth 2-0 win. I can’t remember when Arsenal lost three consecutive games in the Premier League but I know there is a February Voodoo over Arsenal. Can the Gunners overcome such voodoo?
Hector Bellerin overcame the concussion at Stamford Bridge and was among the starting eleven yesterday. The team more or less remained the same as the one that lost to Chelsea but Elneny – back from the AFCON where he finished second with Egypt – was on the bench. Chamberlain continued his midfield experiment partnering Coquelin with the absence of Ramsey and Xhaka.
Alexis Sanchez opened scoring in the 16th minute after a goalmouth scramble with the ball ricocheting off his arm to give Arsenal the lead. Petr Cech was called open at various occasion to keep Arsenal’s lead before and after the break.
It was an open encounter and Hull City looked dangerous on the right but they couldn’t crack Arsenal open. Welbeck and Lucas had a feel of the game in the final 10 minutes and it was the Spaniard who nearly made it two when his header was handled off the line by Clucas who eventually got his marching orders.
Alexis Sanchez stepped up, converted the resulting spot kick and rose to the top of the goal scorers chart with 17 goals in the Premier League.
Arsenal would take the 2-0 win and a seemingly rare clean sheet. The victory pulled Arsenal to third. Spurs lost 2-0 to Liverpool and would remain above Arsenal only on goal difference. Manchester United were 2-0 winners over Watford and moved up to 5th but didnt spend up to 2 hours there before returning to their comfortable 6th. 5th was temporary but 6th looks permanent.
So it is up to Manchester City away to Bournemouth with the hope that Jesus saves them again. Chelsea are away to Burnley. We are hoping on Heaton to keep them at bay today.
Arsenal’s next challenge is a trip to Munich to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Here it comes. Brace up, you Gunners.