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Sanchez scores twice as Arsenal beat Hull in English Premier League

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:00 AM

HULL, England (AP):

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal effectively secured Champions League football for an 18th straight year by beating Hull 3-1 yesterday in the English Premier League.

The win means Arsenal are nine points ahead of fifth-place Liverpool, which have three games left to play. Third-place Arsenal also have a game in hand and a better goal difference.

Arsenal put the game away during a 20-minute span in the first half, as Sanchez scored with a deflected free kick in the 28th minute, and Aaron Ramsey doubled the lead when he ran on to Santi Cazorla's long pass to score with another deflected shot in the 33rd. Ramsey then played Sanchez clear through just before half-time, and the Chilean 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.

Arsenal are tied on points with second-place Manchester City with a game in hand as they look to finish in the top two for the first time in 10 years, behind already-crowned champions Chelsea.