Alexis Sanchez's hat-trick sends Arsenal into second spot

Slaven Bilic

Arsenal's glittering Premier League history has now included 38 hat-tricks, but only two of those were plundered quicker than Sanchez's treble.

Sunderland registered only their third win of the season to move off the bottom of the table after a 2-1 victory at home to Leicester.

Even after Walcott restored Arsenal's lead few minutes into the 2nd half, the 2014 - 15 Championship winners continually put more pressure on Arsenal, coming close on few occasions to getting another equaliser.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored Arsenal's fourth goal, also picked up on the South American theme by comparing Sanchez to Manchester City's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero.

West Ham's struggles continued, however, and they lie 17th, just a point outside the relegation zone.

Francois Coquelin charged down a languid pass out of defence from Angelo Ogbonna before Sanchez raced clear and nicked the ball beyond Reid. From there on, there was no looking back for Arsenal, who were in a mood to destroy West Ham.

The Chilean added a second eight minutes later with a low strike into the corner, before Andy Carroll came on for a first appearance since 18 August and stooped to nod in the rebound from a Dimitri Payet free-kick that hit the bar.

The visitors failed to build on their advantage and bar Sanchez's run through the middle created little in the remainder of the half.

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That was quickly forgotten and, by the second half, it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who was celebrating alongside Sanchez after getting on the scoresheet with a handsome curling strike from outside of the box.

By contrast West Ham's woes worsen by the week.

Diego Costa, the league's leading marksman, scored his 11th of the season on the hour to equalise, substitute Willian notched on the counter-attack 10 minutes later and Eden Hazard sealed the deal in the 90th minute. "It's about sacrificing and dedication for the game".

But the second goal arrived in the 72nd minute when Sanchez burst into the penalty area, brushing off Arthur Masuaku and Ogbonna before drilling his shot across Randolph and into the net.

It looked like the three points were wrapped up from there, but contest was far from over as four goals came within a astonishing seven minute period.

That only left Sanchez to seal his virtuoso display by latching on to an Oxlade-Chamberlain pass and lifting the ball over Randolph for his hat-trick.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had a shot deflected just wide, with Arsenal pushing for more goals as the match wore down.



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