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Summary

  1. Sanchez with deflected free-kick
  2. Ramsey strike deflects off Brady
  3. Sanchez rounds keeper to make it 3-0
  4. Quinn header from Elmohamady cross
  5. Arsenal level on points with Man City

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Hull 1-3 Arsenal

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Hull 1-3 Arsenal

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Pleasingly for Arsenal fans, it would appear they don't need any major surgery over the summer to be able pose a closer title challenge next season.

Arsene Wenger appears to have found his strongest XI, giving him the luxury of naming a settled same XI in their last four games, and they are getting the results on the pitch.

A world-class keeper away from being a genuine contender?

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"The game between Hull and Burnley next weekend is the game of the day for me next week. It's going to be massive. If they can beat Burnley, I think they will stay up. But the tension will be incredible."

Manager reaction

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Hull City boss Steve Bruce, speaking to Sky Sports: "When you are trying to chase with the quality Arsenal have it is there for everyone to see. It was one of those really difficult evening and thankfully we stuck at it, which was pleasing, and we have a big game at the weekend [against Burnley].

"We wanted to make sure in the second half it was not one of those horrible evenings. You are torn, you want to chase the game but then again you don't want to leave yourself wide open. We gave ourselves a chance with the goal but we played against a very, very good side and found it difficult.

"We have to respond, they have been used to that over the last couple of years but we have to dust ourselves down and get ready for the weekend and the next few games because we are still in there with a shout.

"It [the Burnley game] is not going to keep us up or send us down because there are still two games after that. We still have it all to do and it is a big game, we are aware of that. A result will be good."

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"I think Burnley and QPR are going to struggle, but the fight for the last remaining relegation place will go down to the last game."

How the table looks for Hull

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Here is how the bottom of the table looks for Hull, who remain one point above the relegation zone but drop to 17th on goal difference.

The Tigers have home games against Burnley and Manchester United to come, as well as an away trip to Tottenham. You would think three points will see them home and dry, but things might get a bit tense if they fail to get them against Burnley...

Manager reaction

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Arsene Wenger on BBC Sport: "We created some good moments today, overall I could see a good mix between focus, fluency and confidence - and with the technical qualities we have we created some good moments.

"It is all about finishing second for us, step by step, I believe now we are certain to make the top four and now it is about finishing second but even more so to keep the quality high and concentrate on the next game.

"Being in the cup final helps us to keep our concentration but I feel we have made progress and we want to continue to develop as a team. Jack Wilshere returned and had a good game in his 25 minutes so that is a big positive. Aaron Ramsey got a big kick and that is swollen but it should not be too bad."

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"I think it is vital Arsenal finish second. It is probably not a position you should be proud of, but they are making progress- they won the FA Cup last year and they are going in the right direction.

"Of al the teams in the top four I think they are the best equipped to challenge next year."

How the table looks for Arsenal

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal stay third after that win but are level on points with second-place Manchester City, and they have a game in hand. They have three home games to come and just the one away, at Manchester United.

Can they secure a first top two finish in a decade?

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Player reaction

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Santiz Cazorla
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Arsenal's Santi Cazorla: "The team are in a good moment. We want to keep this level until the end of the season. Second is important for me and the team, so we need to keep this level going.

"We want to win the title next year, we want to to stay in second until the end of the season but the most important thing now is to finish in the Champions League and win the FA Cup."

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Great win from the boys tonight and good to see Jack Wilshere back on the pitch.

Dominant Gunners

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No surprise to see Arsenal very dominant in the full-time possession stats. They also finished with 22 shots on goal, compared to seven for Hull, nine of those on target.

Spirited Hull

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"Some fans have stayed behind to applaud the Hull players"

"Hull were beaten by an outstanding team performance and Steve Bruce will probably say that to his players. Hull started the game too slow and couldn't recover from that because Arsenal were too good but at least in the second half they showed more spirit."

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Ronaldo Burgundy: Credit where it's due, Hull consolidated well and actually won the second half 1-0.

AGrumpyMan: Goal difference will decide last relegation spot. Newcastle and Villa should worry. All good for my Leicester!

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Phil Neville has been very strong on Arsenal tonight - suggesting they are a world-class keeper away from being genuine title contenders.

Do you agree?

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"I think Arsenal need a world class keeper. If they get that keeper in who wins games for them by saving those goals, I think Arsenal could be a Championship-winning team."

FULL-TIME

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

All over and it is a deserved win for Arsenal. Hull put up more of a fight in the second half but the game was all but won by the visitors in the first 45 minutes.

The win all but seals a top four finish for Arsenal while Hull remain one point above the relegation zone.

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"I hear Arsenal fans say they want a new manager, maybe a Klopp? But you just have to look at the play in that first half. I'm a massive fan of Wenger's football"

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One last chance as Alexis Sanchez, on a hat-trick, breaks on the counter, twists and turns to get inside the area but slices wide of the far post.

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Half a chance for Arsenal as Theo Walcott is picked out in the middle of the area, but drags his shot wide.

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Four minutes of added time. Hull are going to need to muster up something special to snatch a point from this.

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"Steve Bruce will be happy that his team have kept going, they have not given in and they have been spirited. I feared the worst for them at half-time but they played a little higher up after the break, got a goal and had more energy. They can take that into their massive game against Burnley next weekend. I think that one win might be enough for Bruce's team. I just cannot see Sunderland winning two of their last four games."

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...wasted. A terrible set piece eventually drifts behind for an Arsenal goal kick.

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Two minutes of normal time remaining, surely not enough for Hull to get two goals? Tom Huddlestone has a free-kick midway inside the Arsenal half...

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If I was an Arsenal fan, I'd have my heart in my mouth every time Jack Wilshere has the ball. He's not holding back in this game and he races forward again as he gets a pass off Hector Bellerin, powers at the Hull defence before tumbling just inside the area. No foul, though.

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"Olivier Giroud has been a little bit off tonight, his levels not quite right. Theo Walcott will come on and look to exploit space. Arsenal will now try to keep possession of the ball. Hull had a period after half-time when they had a glimmer of hope but apart from that Arsenal have been fantastic."

SUBSTITUTION

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Arsene Wenger opts to throw some pace at the tiring Hull legs as Theo Walcott replaces Olivier Giroud for the final five minutes.

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Steve Harper may be 40 but he has displayed the reactions of someone much younger in this game and he does it again to deny Hector Bellerin's fierce strike, before Jack Wilshere's follow up is cleared off the line by James Chester.

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"Jelavic is a brilliant natural finisher, he was sensational in his first season at Everton. He always gets a shot off."

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Nikica Jelavic is the focus of Hull's attacks now as Ahmed Elmohamady gets forward and squeezes a cross, aimed at the striker, between two Arsenal players, but Laurent Koscielny gets his head to the ball first and clears.

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Jack's back...

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Nick ÜTA: Wilshere is an absolute terrier! Imagine how good he'd be if his knees didn't have their own bus pass... #bbcfootball

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SUBSTITUTION

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Into the final 10 minutes. Arsenal are on the ball again as Mesut Ozil wins a corner.

Hull take the opportunity to make their last change as Stephen Quinn is replaced by returning striker Nikica Jelavic, who has been out since mid-March after having knee surgery.

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"Wilshire has made such a difference since he came on. Arsenal wont be looking to sell him. You don't sell your home-grown players, especially not ones with that level of talent. It sends the wrong message. He just needs to stay injury free"

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No problems for David Meyler with that black eye as he exchanges passes with Ahmed Elmohamady to set up a Hull chance, getting into the Arsenal area and squaring the ball into the middle but he can't find a Hull shirt.

You sense there is at least one more goal in this, but who will get it?

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Hull switching to a flat back four has done little to halt the wave of Arsenal attacks as they again press in numbers, their latest attack ending with Santi Cazorla sidefooting weakly at Steve Harper.

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

Hull City's David Meyler
Reuters

"David Meyler looks very dazed in there. I will be surprised if he finishes this game."

Hull 1-3 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez takes the free-kick, but smashes the ball into the wall and Hull can breathe easy.

Meanwhile, David Meyler is back on the pitch, sporting a shiner of a black eye. Can he even see out of that eye??

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Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live

"That's the biggest problem with Jack Wilshere. His career at the moment is fragmented. No one questions his ability but he hasn't had a good run of games without picking up an injury. Just when he looks like he is about to kick on, he picks up an injury."