Arsenal looked somewhere close to back to their best against West Bromwich Albion this past Thursday night, with Alexis Sanchez’s first half brace essentially putting the game to bed. The Baggies looked a little jaded in all honesty, but that shouldn’t take anything away from Arsenal’s performance.
Alexis Sanchez has been poor by his standards this season, with the goals really drying up. He was energetic, on form, and clinical this Thursday though, giving Arsenal fans something to cheer about with a matter of minutes on the clock.
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It was all Arsenal right from the off, and Alexis Sanchez quickly opened the scoring. A great turn in midfield gained him plenty of space, and he wasn’t closed down as he bore down on goal. He took a shot from just outside the box, and Ben Foster was unable to get down quick enough as it shot into the bottom corner. 1-0.
The Gunners continued to dominate, and Alexis Sanchez was soon able to double his and Arsenal’s tally on the night. Aaron Ramsey was brought down at the edge of the box, with Alexis and Mesut Özil standing over the free kick. The Chilean fired a low shot through the well positioned Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker, with the pair ducking and fooling Foster. 2-0.
West Brom had a couple of chances throughout the game, with set-pieces understandably causing Arsenal some problems. A Gareth McCauley header crashed off the crossbar agonisingly, while Salomon Rondon had a great chance after Petr Cech totally misjudged the flight of a corner. Those were really their only meaningful chances though, and in open play they really didn’t threaten at all.
Arsenal still have a couple of tough games before the end of the campaign, but it looks as though top four is now all but guaranteed. Who gets third place could come down to who wins when Arsenal head to Manchester City, but other than that things look fairly straight forward.