From the intensity of a Champions League evening in Paris that ended in a 1-1 draw, we returned to Premier League action at East Yorkshire last week, Once again the team selection stirred criticism and debate for Arsene Wenger within the hour ahead of kick-off. Francis Coquelin retained his place alongside Santi Cazorla, and the energetic Alexis was yet asked to occupy point man position up front.
As usual, the tremendous and passionate roar of the travelling Arsenal fans greeted the kick-off and Arsenal responded with their customary short passing game that saw the midfielders exuding more confidence around the opposition box. The first effort on goal came as the clock ticked past twelve minutes and Alexis scooped a Theo Walcott cross high over the bar.
Five minutes later a break and some sustained pressure brought about the opening goal. The final touch may be adjudged to be an Alex Iwobi drive or an Alexis/Livermore deflection. As I type it matters not. Were it a deflection by the defender it would have been Iwobi’s, but I suspect Alexis will get the credit as an attacker.
Nonetheless, Hull City were a man short after their defender picked up a red card but it looked Arsenal didn’t have the numerical advantage in the second half. The fans on social media clamored for the introduction of new boy Granit Xhaka and Wenger hackened to their call.
Iwobi, Sanchez and Walcott all did well but it was Granit Xhaka who eventually stole the show this way.
What a way to get your first goal. Xhaka 👏 pic.twitter.com/QJR4ukVOhs
— シルハン (@CTArsenal) September 17, 2016
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