Sanchez shines as Arsenal beat Hull 3-1

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring against Hull City during the English Premier League soccer match at the KC Stadium, Hull, England, Monday May 4, 2015. (Lynne Cameron/PA via PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

HULL, England (AP) Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal effectively 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.

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 onto Santi Cazorla's long pass 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.

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