Saturday, December 03, 2016

Sanchez hat-trick at West Ham sends Arsenal second

Alexis Sanchez's fine hat-trick secured an emphatic victory
over West Ham at London Stadium as Arsenal moved up to
second in the Premier League table.

Mesut Ozil opened the scoring with Arsenal's first shot on
target after Angelo Ogbonna's mistake and Sanchez's cut-
back set up a simple finish.

The Hammers threatened to equalise after the break before
Sanchez turned, drove into the box and finished brilliantly past
Darren Randolph.

The Chilean added a second eight minutes later with a low
strike into the corner, before Andy Carroll came on for a first
appearance since 18 August and stooped to nod in the
rebound from a Dimitri Payet free-kick that hit the bar.

However, any faint hopes of a comeback were extinguished by
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's excellent finish from range and
Sanchez's masterful dinked chip over the keeper.

The heavy defeat leaves Slaven Bilic's side one point above
the relegation zone after Sunderland beat Leicester 2-1 earlier
on Saturday.

Arsenal trail leaders Chelsea by three points but will slip to
third if Liverpool win at Bournemouth on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger's side are now unbeaten in 13 league games,
and their last away defeat was in February.

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