Sanchez brace keeps Arsenal in title hunt


Sanchez brace keeps Arsenal in title hunt LONDON: Arsenal closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea as Alexis Sanchez bagged a brace in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.

The visitors endured a horrific start with two players booked inside seven minutes and a goal conceded after 12 when Steve Cook botched a back pass to his keeper to let in Sanchez for the easiest of openers.

Thoughts of an Arsenal procession were soon ended, however, with Callum Wilson equalising from the penalty spot after being bundled over by Nacho Monreal for Bournemouth’s first-ever goal against Arsenal.

Arsenal regained the ascendancy after the break when Monreal made amends by returning Sanchez’s pass across goal for TheoWalcott to head his sixth league goal of the season.

Sanchez completed the victory with a close-range shot in injury time as Arsene Wenger’s side moved to within three points of top spot.

In Sunday’s other match, Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes scored an unfortunate own goal to gift Stoke City a 1-0 win that elevated Mark Hughes’s side into the top half of the table.

Chelsea stayed at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after coming from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Stamford Bridge after earlier winners Manchester City and Liverpool also briefly scaled summit on a topsy turvy day.

City came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 with two Sergio Aguero goals in the day’s early kick off with Liverpool later edging above them on goal difference after Divock Origi and James Milner finally broke fierce Sunderland resistance in a 2-0 win at Anfield.

Chelsea goals either side of halftime from Pedro and Victor Moses cancelled out an earlier strike by Christian Eriksen to end the league’s last unbeaten record and secure a seventh successive league victory for the Blues, who retain a one-point lead over their two closest title rivals.

Swansea City claimed an extraordinary 5-4 win over fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, while champions Leicester City narrowly avoided a seventh defeat of the campaign in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

Hull City and West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1.


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