Arsene Wenger predicted a close game against Hull City, but it turned out to be a one-sided game as the Gunners were seen dominating for most parts of the game. Even though David Ospina failed in his attempts to register a clean sheet, their performance was enticing enough for them to leave the pitch with their heads high.
If Arsene Wenger calls it a day next season, he could have won his fourth Premier League title by then.
If the onlookers were to choose one Arsenal player as the best on the pitch on Monday night, no player in the red and white strip will get away with the majority. Contribution of every single Emirates Stadium representative was decisive in pulling off an exquisite victory over the Tigers at their own turf. In Francis Coquelin, despite the defensive midfielder not reciprocating his best performances, they had an impervious membrane and the French ironman could well be touted to challenge Nemanja Matic for a spot in Professional Footballers’ Association TOTY next season while Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and the likes still strive to get better despite already being better than many other Premier League footballers. In these men, Arsene Wenger already has a title winning, if not, title challenging squad and the most successful manager in Arsenal history may well add more feathers to his cap, if his squad escape the onslaught of injuries.
Arsenal are in contention to finish runners-up, but their automatic starters were not deemed the best even at their club.
An instant sense of awe could be sensed on the countenances of Arsenal faithfuls when you let them listen to names such as Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin. Nonetheless, these are the same names that brought about consternation until a season ago. Hector Bellerin further cemented his spot in the starting eleven with yet another fine display. In other words, the Spaniard upped his transfer value and must have tempted Barcelona head honchos to have their hands on their youth product once their transfer embargo goes down.
Nacho Monreal has finally become a butterfly after being regarded more like a larva during his early Arsenal days and has been an unsung hero this season as he unnoticeably catalyzes every single fine Arsenal victory with flair. The Spain international was discreetly charming against the Hull City wingers. Don’t even get me started on Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal currently boast the best side since the turn of the year, but what makes the feat interesting is the fact that they have cut the mustard with underdogs and a Charlton Athletic nobody. Is the discovery of his own players a spell from the magic book of Arsene Wenger? You never know.
Ahmed Elmohamady is still Ahmed Elmohamady.
The Egyptian winger earned a horrific reputation in the wake of his infamous attempt to recreate the also infamous Diego Maradona handball goal earlier this season, but managed to repair his distorted name as he seemed to have been brought down ruthlessly by Francis Coquelin, thereby drawing a sympathetic look from Olivier Giroud
Challenge from the Arsenal midfielder looked so horrific that referee Lee Mason decided to give away a free-kick to the hosts. Ahmed Elmohamady even went on to spark a Hull City comeback with an impeccable assist in vain. What a lad!
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez may rule the English soil next season.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez did not have much of playing time together during the start of the Premier League campaign thanks to the former’s injury, but have upturned Arsenal’s fortunes since the return of the German. At KC Stadium, they particularly seemed to understand each other extremely well on the pitch as they maintained the rhythm of the game from the start to final whistle.
One particular flick from the former Real Madrid star was delightful to watch while the Chilean stole the show with goals. In the duo, Arsenal have the magic to change the momentum of the game entirely and they could have mammoth influence in Arsene Wenger’s bid to land the Premier League title next season in the event of staying fit.
Alexis Sanchez bags a brace, but Arsenal are not one-man-team.
Alexis Sanchez opened the Gunners’ account through a free-kick thanks to a Michael Dawson deflection before tantalizing Steve Harper on the cusp of half-time to triple the lead and that signifies that thoughtless one-man-team claims will spring up again, but Arsenal are anything but.
Every single player played key roles in sealing their fourteenth Premier League victory in sixteen outings. Even Olivier Giroud, who was slammed for being invisible, did a great deal of work off the ball drawing the centre-backs, thereby gifting Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey with the space to steer home.