Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Hull City's Harry Maguire
One day after Mike Phelan revealed he had been offered the role of manager on a permanent basis, Hull were on the receiving end of their worst result of an otherwise decent start to the season.
Hull fell behind after 17 minutes when Alex Iwobi's shot found the back of the net via a deflection off Alexis Sanchez, but they were hopeful of a way back into the match.
Any way back became a lot more difficult when Jake Livermore was sent off for a hand ball just before half-time, though Sanchez failed in his attempt to convert the penalty.
Sanchez has his penalty saved by Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic
Sadly for Hull, the comeback was to end there. Alexis Sanchez added a third four minutes later, and Xhaka sealed the victory with a long-range strike in added time.
Despite the result, Hull fans remained positive on Twitter after the game, choosing to lay the blame at the referee's door rather than blame their own. Given the predictions made for their season before a football had been kicked, they are very content with lying in 10th place in the table at this stage.
Spirited performance today let down by ref clucas was quality looked like he'd played in prem for years mason looked decent aswell #hcfc— Gary Barker (@GazBPL) September 17, 2016
@TheCurtisDavies 12 men Curtis 12 men, unlucky mate— Danny Smith (@Dansmith_HCAFC) September 17, 2016
Still disappointed in that score line. Wasn't deserved at all. Still just as proud to be a #hcafc supporter,— Charlotte Tyson (@Charlotte_Tyson) September 17, 2016
Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Mike Phelan after the game
Hull are next in action on Wednesday in an EFL Cup third-round tie at Stoke City.
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