We’re back into third after a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, with Alexis Sanchez’s first half brace enough to secure all three points.
Alexis opened the scoring in a matter of minutes, showing once again that his shooting boots are well and truly back on. He received the ball in midfield and spun away from his marker, earning himself plenty of space just in front of the box. He shot from distance between a defender’s leg, with Ben Foster unable to get down quickly enough to keep it out of the bottom corner. 1-0.
We dominated from there on out, and potentially should have extended our lead several times. Mesut Özil had a great chance after a Nacho Monreal cut-back, but his shot was blocked. While Hector Bellerin had a couple of half chances after some decent link-up play with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.
West Brom came close to equalising when a Gareth McCauley’s header crashed off the bar, but that was the closest they came to scoring all game.
Alexis Sanchez got his second of the game right before half time, with the former Barcelona star firing in a free-kick earned by Aaron Ramsey.
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He blasted a shot between Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud, who ducked out of the way at the perfect moment. The ball flew into the corner, with Ben Foster rooted to the spot. 2-0.
We dominated the second half too, with West Brom rarely getting on the ball – never mind creating a chance. We were guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net as usual though, and probably should have scored far more than we did.
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There’s nothing to play for with regards to the title, and we obviously play better when the pressure is off. The top four is pretty much sewn up, although obviously we still need to watch Manchester United sneaking up behind us – especially if we lose to Manchester City in a couple of games.