Hull fans blame ref rather than team for 4-1 loss on Twitter

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Hull City's Harry Maguire

Hull City suffered their second defeat of the Premier League season at home to Arsenal, losing 4-1.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Hull City's Harry MaguireArsenal'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.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez has his penalty saved by Hull City's Eldin JakupovicSanchez has his penalty saved by Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic

Theo Walcott doubled Arsenal's lead after 55 minutes, but Hull manufactured an equaliser when Dieumerci Mbokani drew a foul from Petr Cech in the area. Robert Snodgrass converted the penalty.

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. 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan after the gameArsene 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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