Friday, April 22, 2016

Even More Midweek Premier League Madness: Arsenal earns big win over West Brom with Sanchez brace

Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal needed a win in a big way, and that is what they got against West Brom. Alexis Sanchez used a splendid individual effort to give the Gunners the lead in the sixth minute of play and he would double the advantage in the 38th. Overall, it was the type of dominating performance that Arsenal should have shown over the weekend against Crystal Palace. They looked plenty more motivated in this once than they did on Sunday afternoon, when it looked like they hadn't gotten out of bed yet.

They controlled over 70% of the ball and outshot the visitors 16-8. The forced Ben Foster into action seven times while only allowing one shot to slightly trouble Petr Cech in their goal.

This helps Arsenal's chase for the top four. They hold a two point advantage on Manchester City for the third place spot, which qualifies straight to the group stage of the Champions League, assuming City doesn't win this year's European title. City and Arsenal square off in the penultimate weekend of the season at the Etihad Stadium. Of equal importance, Arsenal is up four points on fifth place Manchester United, who can still sneak into the top four and bump them out entirely.

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