Finally, Arsenal have had a good performance to match a good result in their 4-1 away win to Stoke. In Arsenal’s first win at the Brittania since 2010, there were many more candidates for man of the match than in recent weeks. Returning into the starting XI, Olivier Giroud had a good outing scoring twice, Francis Coquelin also had a notable performance in midfield as did Mesut Ozil, who got his name on the scoresheet but my man of the match was Alexis Sanchez, like against Southampton.
The Chilean came into life in the second half to help secure the three points for Arsenal. Beginning to feel his way into the game after the break Sanchez finally make his first mark on the game 10 minutes into the second half. After picking the ball up off Ozil about 15 yards outside Stoke’s penalty area, he then produced a defence-splitting pass to find Ozil, who was now in the box after carrying on his run, then German only need one touch to lift the ball over the keeper.
After going 2-0 up Stoke managed to get themselves back into the game after a couple of substitutions. With Peter Crouch coming on Stoke became much more direct resulting in a goal for the home side, however, it was scored with the striker’s hand.
After withstanding the pressure from Stoke midway through the second half Sanchez then came to the rescue again with 15 minutes to go. Only a minute or two after asking to be substituted because of what looked to be a thigh injury then swung the balance of the game back in Arsenal’s favour and destroyed any hopes of getting a result Stoke had. Somehow driving into the box despite his supposed thigh injury he then let off a low, hard shot which found its way into the bottom corner after a slight deflection for the Chilean’s 50th Premier League goal in 101 appearances.
He was then taken off straight after the celebrations as a precaution due to his injury. His replacement Aaron Ramsey then got himself an assist just 3 minutes later to finish the scoring as Olivier Giroud netted.
With just 2 games left this season, against Sunderland and Everton, as well as an F.A. Cup final against Chelsea to look forward to Arsenal, will hope that Sanchez will still be available for all of these games after coming off early yesterday. However, if his goal celebration is anything to go by it looks like there’s positive news for Arsenal fans as he seemed to hint he’s staying at the club.