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Hull City 1-4 Arsenal: Gunners ease to win over 10-man Tigers

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  • Sanchez scored 2, misses PK
  • Livermore sent off for Hull
  • Third-straight win for Arsenal
  • Xhaka, Walcott also score for Arsenal

Arsenal beat 10-man Hull City 4-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday with Alexis Sanchez scoring twice to lead the Gunners to their third-straight win.

Arsene Wenger‘s side took the lead through Sanchez, then he missed a penalty kick with Jake Livermore sent off for handball. Theo Walcott added a second in the second half, but Hull pulled one back through Robert Snodgrass after they were also awarded a penalty in an action-packed home.

Late on another goal for Sanchez and a screamer from Granit Xhaka — his first for Arsenal — added extra gloss to the scoreline. Arsenal now have 10 points from their first five games, while Hull have lost two of their last three games and remain on seven points.

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Hull held their own early on but Arsenal took the lead inside the first 20 minutes.

Walcott’s cross from the right was pushed out by Eldin Jakupovic and Alex Iwobi reacted quickest, slotting the ball towards goal and Sanchez deflected it in. 1-0 to the Gunners.

Sanchez had another chance soon after which was blocked at the crucial moment as he bared down on goal as Hull struggled to stay in reach.

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Arsenal should’ve been 2-0 up as Hector Bellerin crossed for Iwobi but his shot was initially well-saved by Jakupovic and then Mesut Ozil fired the follow up over. A let off for the Tigers.

It was all Arsenal and soon Hull were down to 10-men as Francis Coquelin‘s effort was blocked by Livermore’s hand in the center of the goal and he was shown a straight red card and a penalty kick was awarded. Nightmare for Hull. However, Jakupovic came up huge as he saved Sanchez’s spot kick to keep the score at 1-0. Heroic stop.

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Early in the second half referee Roger East gave Santi Cazorla a talking to after committing plenty of late challenges as Arsenal’s experienced midfielder was walking a tightrope after already being on a yellow card.

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Arsenal were soon 2-0 up as Walcott combined with Iwobi and the latter pulled of an audacious back heel and Walcott clipped home over Jakupovic. 2-0.

Hull continued to battle and almost got back into the game in sensational fashion. A cross was flicked on to the back post and Abel Hernandez launched himself into an overhead kick but his spectacular effort hit the crossbar.

Soon after Hull did get back into the game as substitute Dieumerci Mbokani was taken down by Petr Cech and Snodgrass scored the spot kick. 2-1. However, any hope Hull had didn’t last long as Sanchez reacted quickly to a loose ball in the box and slotted him his second and Arsenal’s third. 3-1. Game over.

Substitute Xhaka then belted in an absolute beauty from distance in stoppage time to add some more gloss on the scoreline as the Gunners sealed their third-straight win.

Sarri to miss 2 Juventus matches including against Napoli

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TURIN, Italy (AP) New Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri will not be on the bench for the club’s first two Serie A matches, including against former team Napoli.

Sarri is recovering from pneumonia and underwent further tests on Thursday.

Juventus says they “showed a good clinical improvement” but the 60-year-old Sarri needs to be absent “to completely recover.”

Sarri has still been going to Juve’s training ground and watching the sessions on video link and coordinating with his staff.

Juventus kicks off its bid for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title at Parma on Saturday, before hosting Napoli the following week.

Sarri spent three seasons at Napoli before moving to Chelsea in 2018.

UEL Recap: Wolves earn huge road victory, and more

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Wolverhampton Wanderers has one proverbial foot back in a European competition, potentially breaking a 40-year drought for the club.

Wolves defeated Torino on the road, 3-2, in the first leg match between the two sides on Thursday at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. Mexican international Raul Jimenez continued his red-hot form with another goal, while Diogo Jota scored as well for Wolves.

The Premier League side took the lead late in the first half thanks to an own goal, as Gleison Bremer headed in a Wolves free kick expertly into the side netting. Jota then added the second for Wolves in the 59th minute after an individual moment of brilliance from Adama Traore down the right side of the box, completely bamboozling his defender.

Torino’s Lorenzo di Silvestre answered just two minutes later off a late run into the box and a powerful header, but Jimenez then gave Wolves another two-goal advantage, as well as another crucial away goal. Jimenez ran with the ball from midfield and with Nicolas N’Koulou retreating, Jimenez took the space and scored.

Torino striker Andrea Belotti gave the Italians some late hope with a penalty kick goal in the 89th minute, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Anything but a defeat by more than two goals for Wolves will be enough for the club to make it to the Europa League group stage.

Here’s more results from around the Europa League on Thursday afternoon:

Celtic top AIK at home

The Scottish champions appear to have brushed off the disappointment of exiting the UEFA Champions League with a solid 2-0 win at Celtic Park against AIK Solna on Thursday evening.

James Forrest scored the opener for Celtic, taking advantage of a ricochet on the edge of the box to unleash a strike that AIK goalkeeper Oscar Linner couldn’t parry away. Odsonne Edouard then put the icing on the cake with a tremendous free kick from 30-yards out to give Celtic it’s 2-0 lead.

Neil Lennon’s side then held off AIK late to secure the shutout.

Thursday’s Europa League Playoff Round first leg qualifying matches:

Astana 3-0 BATE
Ararat Armenia 2-1 F91 Dudelange
Malmo FF 3-0 Bnei Yehudah Tel Aviv
Suduva 0-0 Ferencvaros
Feyenoord 3-0 Hapoel Be’er Sheva
Ludogorets 0-0 Maribor
FC Copenhagen 2-1 Riga
AEK Athens 1-3 Trabzonspor
Legia Warsaw 0-0 Rangers

Crossroads: What if Arsenal hadn’t gone unbeaten?

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The 2003-2004 Premier League season will forever be remembered for Arsenal’s Invincibles, the first team in history to go an entire 38-game season undefeated.

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But what if they hadn’t?

On the latest episode of NBC Sports’ new series Crossroads, host Aaron West dives into the Invincible season for Arsenal, and what would have happened if Arsenal lost along the way. Of course, we know that didn’t happen, and it wasn’t until the next season against Manchester United that Arsenal’s unbeaten run of 49 games was ended.

Watch the latest episode of Crossroads above, and check out previous episodes on Manchester City and Liverpool on NBC Sports‘ Youtube Page.


Oxlade-Chamberlain signs contract extension at Liverpool

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While Liverpool hasn’t been busy in the transfer market, it continues to be busy upgrading its first team contracts.

The club announced on Thursday that it had signed midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a new, undisclosed long-term contract. The BBC reported that the new contract tied Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool through 2023, after his last deal was set to expire in 2022.

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“I’m really, really excited – it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool’s website in a statement. “I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign. It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time – and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year.

“You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally healthy after a long, long recovery from a horrific knee injury suffered in April 2018. The England international missed out on the World Cup as well as the Champions League final, though he was able to make the field off the bench towards the end of last season, eventually making the bench for Liverpool’s Champions League victory in June.

With some injuries and fatigue to other players, Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first Premier League start in more than a year last Saturday against his former club Southampton, playing 89 minutes in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory. He also started and played the first half in Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea on penalty kicks.

This deal is ultimately a good-will gesture from both sides, making up for the year lost that Oxlade-Chamberlain endured after the knee injury in the Champions League semifinal. It could take him more time, but Liverpool is certainly hoping that he can make a full recovery and come good for the Reds as it looks to win its first Premier League title, and first top league title in England since 1990.