Alexis Sanchez dou­ble helps Arse­nal beat Bournemouth

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Photo: AP

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez have helped Arse­nal record a 3-1 vic­tory over Bournemouth at the Emi­rates Sta­dium.

Bournemouth had their mo­ments on their visit to North Lon­don but they were made to pay for missed chances as Arse­nal moved back to within three points of Premier League lead­ers Chelsea.

The match be­gan at a fe­ro­cious pace with Me­sut Ozil be­ing de­nied a cer­tain goal by an out­stand­ing block from Nathan Ake be­fore Adam Smith fired marginally wide for Bournemouth.

The visi­tors also had de­fend­ers Steve Cook and Si­mon Fran­cis go into the book in­side the open­ing seven min­utes and it was a mis­take from Cook which gifted Arse­nal the lead five min­utes later.

The Cher­ries player at­tempted to play the ball back to goal­keeper Adam Fed­erici, but it lacked pace and Sanchez was able to step in and slide the ball into the cor­ner from 18 yards.

How­ever, the Gun­ners were soon dealt a blow when Mathieu De­buchy-who was mak­ing his first Arse­nal ap­pear­ance in over a year - was forced off through in­jury and it was not long be­fore the home team were pegged back.

Na­cho Mon­real was ad­judged to have barged Cal­lum Wil­son over in­side the penalty box and the striker got to his feet to send Petr Cech the wrong way from 12 yards.

The equaliser led to Bournemouth push­ing for a sec­ond and they should have had one through Adam Smith, who headed over from eight yards, and Brad Smith who sent the ball too close to Cech at the near post.

It took time for Arse­nal to re­spond to the lively re­sponse from their op­po­nents but they al­most re­gained their ad­van­tage in firsthalf stop­page time when Sanchez struck the bar with a shot from 16 yards, with Fed­erici ap­pear­ing to get the small­est of touches to di­vert it onto the wood­work.

The Gun­ners re­turned for the sec­ond half on the front foot and it took them just eight min­utes to re­gain the lead as Wal­cott was per­fectly placed at the back post to head Mon­real’s cross into the net from four yards out.

How­ever, Arse­nal failed to build on their lead and they were per­haps for­tu­nate not to have Sanchez sent off for a wild lunge on Harry Arter, with the Chilean’s studs go­ing down the back of his op­po­nent’s Achilles.

Arsene Wenger in­tro­duced both Aaron Ram­sey and Olivier Giroud but their ar­rival was al­most met by Bournemouth net­ting a sec­ond goal as Cech pulled off an ex­cel­lent save to deny Benik Afobe from close range.

Sub­sti­tute Lys Mous­set also headed wide for Bournemouth in the fi­nal minute of nor­mal time be­fore Arse­nal made sure of the three points when Sanchez was on hand to tap into an empty net af­ter fine work from Giroud.

It was a goal that gave Arse­nal a first win in four games, while they ex­tend their un­beaten record in all com­pe­ti­tions to 19 games.

Mour­inho sent to stands as United held again

Manch­ester United have been held 1-1 by West Ham United to make it four league draws in suc­ces­sion at Old Traf­ford for the first time in 36 years.

The Red Devils re­cov­ered from an early set­back but could not add a sec­ond goal de­spite their nu­mer­ous open­ings, mean­ing that they are 11 points off the sum­mit fol­low­ing a run of two wins in 10.

De­spite see­ing his side wres­tle back con­trol of the game and draw level, Jose Mour­inho was un­happy with ref­eree Jonathan Moss's de­ci­sion to show Pogba a yel­low - rul­ing him out of the re­match be­tween these two teams in the EFL Cup here next Wed­nes­day - and kicked a wa­ter bot­tle on the side­lines.

Moss in­evitably sent the Por­tuguese to the stands, the sec­ond time he has done so in the space of 12 months, with as­sis­tant Rui Faria in­stead tak­ing over for the re­main­der.

Yes­ter­day Wat­ford-Stoke City ......................... 0-1 Gomes og 29’ Arse­nal-Bournemouth .................... 3-1 Sanchez 12’ (A), Wil­son 23’ (B), Wal­cott 53’ (A), Sanchez 90+1’ (A) Manch­ester United-West Ham ........ 1-1 Sakho 2’ (W), Ibrahi­movic 21’ (M) Southamp­ton-Ever­ton .................... 1-0 Austin 1’ Chelsea 13 Liver­pool 13 Man. City 13 Arse­nal 13 Tot­ten­ham 13 Man. United 13 Ever­ton 13 Wat­ford 13 West Brom 13 Southamp­ton 13 Stoke City 13 Bournemouth 13 Burn­ley 13 Le­ices­ter 13 Mid­dles­brough13 West Ham 13 Crys­tal Palace 13 Hull City 13 Swansea 13 Sun­der­land 13 Cham­pi­onship 10 9 9 8 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 3 3 3 2 2

To­day Hud­der­s­field-Wi­gan Bet­fred Cup 1 3 3 4 6 5 4 3 5 5 4 3 2 4 6 3 2 2 3 2 2 29 10 31 1 32 14 30 1 29 12 30 1 28 13 28 1 19 10 24 3 18 15 20 4 16 15 19 5 17 21 18 4 17 16 17 4 13 12 17 5 14 19 16 6 15 19 15 7 12 21 14 6 16 22 13 5 12 15 12 7 14 24 12 8 21 26 11 8 11 28 11 8 16 26 9 9 12 23 8

Yes­ter­day Aberdeen-Celtic ................................ 0-3


Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez, right, and Arse­nal’s Theo Wal­cott cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing yes­ter­day

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