HULL, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal virtually secured Champions League football for an 18th straight year by beating Hull 3-1 Monday in the Premier League.
The win means Arsenal is nine points ahead of fifth-place Liverpool, which has three games left to play. Third-place Arsenal also has a game in hand and a better goal difference.
Sanchez put Arsenal ahead with a deflected free kick in the 28th minute and Aaron Ramsey doubled the lead when he ran onto Santi Cazorla's throughball to score with another deflected shot in the 33rd. Ramsey then played Sanchez clear just before halftime and the Chile striker rounded goalkeeper Steve Harper to score into an open net.
Stephen Quinn pulled one back for Hull with a header in the 57th but Steve Bruce's team remained just one point above the relegation zone.