It came as no surprise to Arsène Wenger that Alexis was our hero against Hull City.

Our Chilean forward has now been directly involved in 66 goals in just 90 Premier League matches, and has scored seven in just four league appearances against the Tigers.

Saturday’s double was the third time Alexis has scored a brace against Hull in as many games, and Wenger says the 28-year-old’s mentality is what makes him so lethal in front of goal.

Alexis has a striker’s mentality which means he never gives up and fights until the end,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “That’s why I believe he is at that level.

“We started quite well against Hull and created many chances, but once we went one goal up, we became protective,” he added. “In the second half we played with just one worry: security.

“You could see the fans were edgy and anxious as well. On top of that we had the bad luck of playing against a good team, and that explains what happened today.

“I know that the confidence drops quickly when you have two big disappointing results, and that’s why today the mathematics were more important than the way we played to win the game.

“It was just (about) three points. We did it in a focused, resilient way and that’s what I demanded. Sometimes it’s not about how, but to win your confidence back you have to win the game.”

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Max Jones 12 Feb 2017