Arsenal put in an outstanding performance at the London Stadium on Saturday evening, making light work of West Ham, brushing their London rivals aside, winning 5-1 in a completely dominant display.
Alexis Sanchez took full advantage of a defensive error from West Ham to give Arsenal the lead in the first half, laying the ball across to Mesut Ozil, who was left with the easiest of tap-ins.
Arsenal continued to dominate proceedings going into the second half, and Alexis Sanchez managed to double the Gunners’ lead in the 72nd minute, and then scoring Arsenal’s third on the 80th. West Ham managed to pull a goal back through Andy Caroll, but this was quickly cancelled out by an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal to put the Gunners 4-1 up.
It was a beautiful performance from the Chilean and you don’t need statistics to show you that, but here’s some anyway. Crucially he scored 3 goals and made 1 assist. He had 5 shots, 4 of them on target and 3 goals. He was also very creative, making 5 key passes on the night. He completed 3 dribbles, 2/2 long balls and 47 passes in total.
Sanchez completed the Arsenal rout with just four minutes of normal time to go, with an exquisite chip over the goalkeeper. Here is how the Arsenal fans on Twitter reacted to the Chilean’s performance.
Sanchez is simply unstoppable
— Fadhil (@fadhilmayati) 3 December 2016
— EnExodus (@enexodus) 3 December 2016
Sanchez is a freak, close control, ability to evade defenders in tight areas & willingness to shoot make him unplayable at times. #WHUvAFC
— Derryn Thomas (@derryn_thomas) 3 December 2016
Alexis Sanchez what a player. Made the goal for himself.
— kiran (@GeekyGooner) 3 December 2016
— Stuart Thornley (@stutopshelf) 3 December 2016
What a player Alexis Sanchez is ??
— AJ (@alexmarkillie7) 3 December 2016
BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE.
— IslingtonGoonerAFC (@Born_a_gooner) 3 December 2016
Goooooooal Sanchez the little wizard done it a again scoring goals out of nothing. He does makes football looks so easy & lovely to watch
— Latua Adeniji (@Latua7) 3 December 2016
Although West Ham are not in the best of form, the 5-1 win sends a real statement out to the rest of the Premier League. Sanchez has been a key figure for the Gunners this season, and you can certainly question where the Gunners would be without him. As long as he plays well, the team plays well and Arsenal will need him to stay fit, as the Premier League title is within their reach, especially following this emphatic win.