Sanchez scores 2, Arsenal beat Hull 4-1 in Premier League
HULL: Alexis Sanchez scored two goals and missed out on a hat trick when his penalty was saved as Arsenal won at 10-man Hull 4-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Chile forward rescued a point for Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek with a late equalizer at Paris Saint-Germain, and was back on the scoresheet with goals in each half at KCOM Stadium.
Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in the 17th minute by deflecting Alex Iwobi's shot into the net, before seeing his penalty turned aside by Eldin Jakupovic after Jake Livermore handled in the area in the 40th. That earned Livermore a red card because of a second booking.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unhappy that Sanchez took the spot kick over the usual penalty-taker, Sant Cazorla.
"Santi was down to take it, I don't know why it did not happen," Wenger said. "They have pecking order, it was not planned for Sanchez to take it.
"I want to know what happened and for it not to happen again."
After Theo Walcott made it 2-0 in the 55th, Hull threatened an unlikely comeback when Robert Snodgrass converted a penalty in the 79th. However, Sanchez restored Arsenal's two-goal lead before Granit Xhaka came off the bench to score the visitors' fourth goal.
It was Arsenal's third straight win after opening the season with just one point from its first two games.
"I feel overall it was a positive performance after playing away in the Champions League and away again today," Wenger said. "We started well, dominated and were fluent."
Hull took six points from its first two games but hasn't won since.
"It was always going to be difficult once we lost a man and go down to 10 men," caretaker manager Mike Phelan said.
Hull has been without a manager since Steve Bruce resigned just before the season started, and Phelan said he has been offered the job.
"It came 48 hours ago when we were in preparation for this game," he said. "I have time now to sit down with family, have a chat and take it forward."