A win for Arsenal then, and a moment of respite for Arsene Wenger. As two season-defining fixtures approach against two very different clubs – Bayern Munich in the Champions League and non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup – Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Hull City was the bare minimum of expectations.

And the bare minimum is what Arsenal provided. Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opening goal and injury time penalty provided only so much solace after a game that was always in the balance.

The goal was allowed to stand despite protest from the Hull City players

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But the million dollar question remained, what was all about that first goal from Sanchez? As the ball ricocheted around in front of the Hull goal, keeper Eldin Jakupovic got an outstretched foot on Sanchez’s goalbound effort only to see it deflect upwards and off Sanchez’s hand before bouncing into the net.

The officials allowed the goal to stand and, as a man who knows a thing or two about handballs himself said, that’s all that really matters.

Confusion, debate followed and even grabbed all the limelight in Arsenal’s vital win.

“Is it deliberate? “No,” Thierry Henry said on Sky Sports at half time. But twitter was in complete meltdown labelling that Sanchez goal “Hand Of Dog”…