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Summary

  1. Alexis Sanchez a goal in each half but misses from the spot
  2. Jake Livermore gives away a penalty and is sent off for hand ball
  3. Theo Walcott adds as second goal after the break
  4. Robert Snodgrass pulls one back with a penalty

Live Reporting

By Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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GOODBYE

Hull City 1-4 Arsenal

Thanks for tuning in and that's all from the KCOM Stadium. You can follow the reaction to all of today's games by clicking here.

Don't forget to tune into Match Of The Day to see all the action later this evening.

FULL-TIME

Hull City 1-4 Arsenal

A dominant performance from Arsenal but Hull showed plenty of fight. Had it been 11 versus 11 it might have been a different story.

GOAL - Granit Xhaka

Hull City 1-4 Arsenal

Granit Xhaka puts the icing on the cake for the Gunners with a brilliant strike from distance. Not a bad way to open your Arsenal account.

Granit Xhaka
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GOAL - Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Hull City 1-3 Arsenal

Eldin Jakupovic blocks Theo Walcott's effort into the path of Alexis Sanchez and with the goal unguarded the Chile forward strokes the ball home.

Alexis Sanchez
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Back in the game..

Hull City 1-2 Arsenal

Peter Swan

Former Hull City defender on BBC Radio Humberside

Great strike by Snodgrass. If he can score free-kicks from where he does then he shouldn't have a problem with a penalty. Hull City are back in the game. 

GOAL - Robert Snodgrass (Hull)

Hull City 1-2 Arsenal

Hull striker Robert Snodgrass confidently sends Petr Cech the wrong way from the spot. Hull's fighting spirit has been rewarded. 11 minutes to find an equaliser.

Robert Snodgrass
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PENALTY

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

A penalty for Hull. Dieumerci Mbokani is brought down by Petr Cech and after a delay Roger East points to the spot.

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

Hull striker Abel Hernandez has run his socks off today and he finds himself with a chance to run at the Arsenal defence. However, German international Shkodran Mustafi stands firm and confidently wins the ball back for the visitors. Hull running out of time here.

Central focus for the Gunners

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

Hull v Arsenal action areas
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Arsenal's second goal came straight through the middle of the field - and that's been a constant theme in their match at Hull.

While the hosts (on the left) are aiming to get the ball out wide, Arsenal are keeping it central.

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

Abel Hernandez almost provides a said moment of quality as his bicycle kick strikes the crossbar. However, the assistant official raises his flag for offside.

Arsene Wenger makes his first change of the afternoon as Granit Xhaka replaces Santi Cazorla.

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

Plenty of spirit from Hull's players but it's going to take more than graft to get back in this match. Down to 10 men they need a couple of moments of brilliance.

How Arsenal's second was scored

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

Lots of passes, fancy flicks, typical Arsenal. A wonderfully-worked goal which has surely put this game beyond 10-man Hull.

Arsenal goal
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GOAL - Theo Walcott

Hull City 0-2 Arsenal

Theo Walcott escapes inside the penalty area and receives the ball from Alex Iwobi's clever backheel and his shot at goal is headed into the net by Hull defender Harry Maguire. Walcott's shot was probably on target but the Premier League's dubious goals committee may well mark that down as an own goal when they are next in sitting.

Theo Walcott celebrates
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Hull City 0-1

Nip and tuck so far this half. Hull seem content to sit back and try to hit Arsenal on the counter attack. It's been pass, pass, pas from the Gunners but they haven't been able to break down Hull yet.

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

We are back under way at the KCOM Stadium.

Wenger thinks Granit will rock eventually

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal (15:00 BST)

Granit Xhaka
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Granit Xhaka: "I personally prefer him as a box-to-box player because he has the engine, he has the power, he has the long pass. He likes to come deep and distribute the game, but he has the engine to have the impact with his runs.

"It's not about his quality at the moment - he adapts to the pace of the English game - and for me it's about pairs as well, who work together. Coquelin and Cazorla have worked well together.

"He will play games; every week he's stronger and better. He will have a huge impact."

Switzerland international Xhaka starts on the bench for the Gunners at the KCOM Stadium this afternoon.

A half-time trip down memory lane...

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Daniel Cousin and Geovanni might have only knocked about in East Yorkshire for a couple of seasons, but they provided Hull fans a moment to savour in 2008 with goals in a memorable 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

Geovanni
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Brazilian midfielder Geovanni, who equalised Paul McShane's own goal with a long-range thunderbolt, hung up his boots aged 33 in 2013 after a spell back in his homeland with second division club Bragantino. 

Daniel Cousin
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Striker Cousin retired in 2013 at the age of 36 after one season back in his native Gabon with Sapins. 

Hull have only taken one point from seven Premier League games against Arsenal since beating the Gunners on that day. They will need something special to get anything out this game if Arsenal turn the screw after the interval.

HALF-TIME

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal dominant but Hull aren't out of this yet. Could that penalty miss come back to haunt the Gunners? The longer it stays at 1-0 the more the belief will grow among the Hull players that they can get something from the game. 

Certainly Arsene Wenger might face some awkward questions about why Alexis Sanchez was on penalty-taking duties rather than Santi Cazorla if there's a Hull comeback.

'A great save'

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Peter Swan

Former Hull City defender on BBC Radio Humberside

It was a great save. It wasn't the best penalty but it had to be saved. Obviously the goalkeeper has done his homework and he pushed the ball wide. 

Alexis Sanchez has his penalty saved
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'Hard for Hull'

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Martin Keown

Former England defender on Final Score

Jake Livermore has a good disguise with his handball but it's right in front of the referee. It's a good save and it keeps the game alive but with Hull down to 10 men, it's going to be hard for Hull now.

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Martin Armo: Why wasn't Cazorla taking that penalty?

Andrew Hook: Why didn't Cazorla take the pen? Another baffling decision by Arsene Wenger and his merry men!

Loveof Football: CAZORLA is the penalty taker why did Sanchez take that though? Really trying to be like Ronaldo

PENALTY SAVED

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Jake Livermore handles in the area and is sent off after blocking Francis Coquelin's goal-bound shot. The referee points to the spot. But Eldin Jakupovic guesses correctly and saves Alexis Sanchez's low spot-kick diving to his right.

That could be a massive moment for Hull. The Tigers are down to 10 men and at 2-0 it would probably have been curtains.

Jakupovic might have been partially at fault for Arsenal's opening goal but he's redeemed himself since.

Jake Livermore is sent off
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Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

A rare meaningful forray into the Arsenal half from Hull gives them their first clear-cut chance of the afternoon. Abel Hernandez rolls the ball into the path of Robert Snodgrass and the Scotland striker strokes an effort at goal. Petr Cech is stationed in the right place, though, and gathers.

YELLOW CARD

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Santi Cazorla is the first man in Roger East's notebook. Ahmed Elmohamady looks to escape down the right flank after outpacing Alex Iwobi but Cazorla stops him in his tracks

CLOSE!

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Relentless from the Gunners here. Alex Iwobi's shot brings a fine save out of Eldin Jakupovic with a low shot. Mesut Ozil latches on to the follow up but he is unable to hit the target and the ball ends up in the stands with the Hull fans. They might be advised to hang on to it for a few minutes to enable Mike Phelan to get them organised again. 

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Ominously it's all Arsenal now. Alexis Sanchez is through on goal but is denied an opportunity by Andrew Robertson's last-ditch tackle.

'Untidy Hull goal'

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

The goalkeeper should have let it go from Theo Walcott's initial shot. It was an untidy goal to concede from a Hull City point of view.  

'Deserved lead'

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

Arsenal deserve to be in front but if you are going to concede then make sure it's a worldy. That wasn't a worldy.

Arsenal on the offensive

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Hull v Arsenal
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This graphic shows the average positions of each player during the first 20 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

Fair to say that Arsenal (on the right) are on the offensive, given that only three of their 10 outfield players are placed inside their own half.

GOAL - Alex Sanchez

Hull City 0-1 Arsenal

Theo Walcott's cross-shot from the right is parried by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic and into the path of Alex Iwobi. The Arsenal youngster pulls the trigger at the back post and his shot takes a deflection off Alexis Sanchez and goes into the net. 

Iwobi celebrates but television replays show that Sanchez got the final touch. That's his fifth goal against Hull in as many matches. 

Arsenal celebrate
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Hull City 0-0 Arsenal

The first flicker of a chance for the visitors. A neat passing move allows Theo Walcott to cross for Alexis Sanchez near the penalty spot. However, the Chile forward scoops his shot high into the stands much to the delight of the home fans.

Hull City 0-0 Arsenal

Hull's flame-haired Sam Clucas, with orange boots to match, has made a bright start, coming deep demanding the ball and using it intelligently. A couple of long-range passes from the midfielder have stretched Arsenal's full-backs.

Hull City 0-0 Arsenal

Hull boss Mike Phelan, besuited and wearing a fetching lilac tie, is up off his seat to issue some instructions to his players from the technical area. The home side starting to settle on the ball a bit more now.

Hull City 0-0 Arsenal

A nice slick start from Arsenal as their crisp passing prods for weaknesses in the Hull backline. Players in amber and black shirts doing their best impression of the Maginot Line. Could be a long afternoon for Curtis Davies and company.

KICK-OFF

Hull City 0-0 Arsenal

A hearty round of applause for Daniel Wilkinson as there undoubtedly will be at non-league Shaw Lane today... And now we're under way here at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull pay tribute to Daniel Wilkinson
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Daniel Wilkinson tribute

Hull City v Arsenal (15:00 BST)

Shaw Lane programme
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Before kick-off at the KCOM Stadium there is a minute's applause for ex-Hull trainee Daniel Wilkinson, who died after collapsing during a match for non-league Shaw Lane on Monday.

Shaw Lane plan to "celebrate" the life of the 24-year-old defender during today's Northern Premier League First Division South game with Romulus.

As well as the tribute in this afternoon's programme, the South Yorkshire club will also name a stand at their ground in his honour.

"It will be an emotional day and we hope we can do Daniel proud," said Shaw Lane club secretary Dave Exley.

'Phelan won't be concerned'

Hull v Arsenal (15:00 BST)

Martin Keown

Former England defender on Final Score,

I don't think Mike Phelan is too concerned he has not been named permanent Hull boss yet. He is very good, very calm and he's probably relishing the situation. I hope they treat him seriously and offer him the same money as Steve Bruce.

Phelan feels undervalued

Hull City v Arsenal (15:00 BST)

Football Focus

Hull City were many people's favourites for relegation this season but have impressed under caretaker manager Mike Phelan. 

Phelan was offered the job full time this week but reports suggest he is unhappy with the wages offered in the contract. 

Former Hull City midfielder Kevin Kilbane: "I think Phelan feels undervalued after what he has achieved this season. 

"The club has to back him after the start he has got. They have to show they mean business with him. If it is as we believe that he has been offered a very poor contract, it is poor on clubs behalf."

Phelan offered full-time Hull gig

Hull City v Arsenal (15:00 BST)

Mike Phelan
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"As if you wouldn't want to give me the job..."

Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes reckon he's good enough. And now it seems Hull City have finally agreed Mike Phelan is the right man to lead the Premier League new boys on a full-time basis.

The 53-year-old, caretaker boss since Steve Bruce's departure in July, was named Premier League manager of the month for August.

But, with a takeover of the club pending, Phelan's long-term future at the club has been uncertain.

"It's a case now of sifting through the offer and getting down to what hopefully will be further discussions," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

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Eniitan Emmanuel: Wenger dropping AOC is good news. I hope he drops Walcott too after Perez has settled in

JohnMadrid: And given that @Arsenal team, I'm expecting this to be an unnecessarily difficult game. Why, why..Walcott starts again???