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.
Image Courtesy: Sky Sports
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”…
Alexis in action vs Hull pic.twitter.com/q30zMAQhtP
— Thafseer (@fanelguaje) February 11, 2017
Thierry Henry commenting on this Alexis Sanchez handball. Do yourself a favour and stay the f*ck out of the handball discussion, pal.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 11, 2017
LOOOOOOL ALEXIS DID THE SALTBAE ????? pic.twitter.com/FXT5ZCYuc9
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) February 11, 2017
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) February 11, 2017
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) February 11, 2017
— Snapchat: nassyblue (@nassyblue) February 11, 2017
Alexis scores an unintentional handball will get talked about 250x more than Marcos Alonso literally knocking a player out cold.
— MJ (@MJ_Boh_) February 11, 2017
The irony of Sky asking Thierry Henry if a goal is a handball or not. pic.twitter.com/JRLJFmm7M8
— Coral (@Coral) February 11, 2017
Alexis’ goal want a handball tho, it was ball to hand. How can it be a handball when his arm was raised before the ball was hit towards it??
— AFCDavid (@_AFCDavid) February 11, 2017
Arsenal now have two winning goals scored by hand.Koscielny’s goal vs Burnley and Alexis Sanchez’s goal vs Hull City today. #ARSHUL
— Kipkemoi Gilbert (@Rono_254) February 11, 2017