A stoppage-time Danny Welbeck goal denied Hull victory and ensured Arsenal avoided equalling their worst start to a league season under Arsene Wenger. Alexis Sanchez’s fierce low shot gave the hosts an early lead. But a disputed Mohamed Diame strike – the midfielder seemed to foul Mathieu Flamini – and an Abel Hernandez header secured the win for Steve Bruce’s side. However, Welbeck guided in a clever Sanchez pass in the first minute of stoppage time to rescue a point.
Until then, Wenger’s side looked as if they would equal their tally of 10 points from their opening eight league matches in 2011-12. But England striker Welbeck’s fifth goal in seven appearances since signing from Manchester United averted the ignominious loss of Arsenal’s 21-game unbeaten home league record. Still, the draw means Arsenal have won just one of their past seven league matches and lose more ground on leaders Chelsea. The bad news did not end there, either, with another injury to midfielder Jack Wilshere – this time to a knee – cancelling out Aaron Ramsey’s return.
Granted that Arsenal were fielding a makeshift defense with left back Nacho Monreal in central defence partnering Per Metzersacker and Hector Bellerin on right full back spot making his league debut as Debuchy is out injured and Chambers is suspended for a game, but Arsenal were wasting chances having dominated possession. Santi Carzola was especially wasteful and the groans could be heard all around the stadium. If things go like this, a 3rd or 4th place finish could well be out of our reach. Currently Arsenal are in 6th place but could well be in 9th or 10 spot once the other games are done by this weekend.