Alexis Sanchez scored twice, and missed a penalty, for Arsenal on Saturday as the Gunners took a 4-1 win over newcomers Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.
The Chilean international opened up the scoring in the 17th minute by deflecting in a shot by Alex Iwobi, before being given the chance to add a second form the penalty spot in the 41st minute. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic saved Sanchez’s effort. Jake Livermore was shown a red card for stopping a shot with his hand, which led to the penalty being given by referee Roger East.
Theo Walcott made it 2-0 in the 55th minute, but Hull got some hope when Robert Snodgrass pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot in the 79th minute. Sanchez restored the two-goal lead four minutes later before Granit Xhaka scored his first Premier League goal in stoppage time.
Manager Arsene Wenger said his side has picked up some confidence after grabbing a couple of wins.
“We are a bit more mature,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “But it’s early in the season. Let’s just continue to improve and win our games and see where that will go.
“We are ambitious and have a good attitude and spirit. We have gained a bit of confidence from winning a few games.
“We responded well to our first disappointment and hopefully we can build from that.”
Arsenal takes on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in a high-profile London derby next Saturday. Before that they go up against Nottingham Forest in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.