West Ham v Arsenal - story of the match
Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal up to second in the Premier League with a stunning hat-trick in a thumping 5-1 victory at West Ham.
The Chilean striker made it five goals in his last two appearances to keep Arsene Wenger's side hot on the tail of leaders Chelsea.
Sanchez also unselfishly set up the first-half opener for Mesut Ozil before striking three times after the break.
Andy Carroll grabbed a consolation upon his return from injury but the struggling Hammers promptly conceded a fourth to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before Sanchez wrapped up a commanding win.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
"BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!!! 5-1. Hattrick for @Alexis_Sanchez - sensational performance by a world class player. #WHUvAFC" - long-time Arsenal critic Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) enjoyed his side's performance.
Sanchez single-handedly won the game for Arsenal and showed why he is so important to his side's potential Premier League title challenge. All three of his goals were expertly taken as he took his Premier League tally to 11 goals for the season. After being rested for Arsenal's EFL Cup defeat against Southampton, Sanchez produced a superb all-round display to send the Gunners up to second place.
VIEW FROM THE BENCH
The decision to put Carroll on the bench was a surprising one as West Ham rarely offered much up front. The towering frontman scored a hat-trick against the Gunners in the same fixture last season and his physical and aerial presence caused Arsenal's defence a heap of problems. Although Carroll does not possess the pace of young striker Ashley Fletcher, West Ham needed a different threat up front throughout the game and his consolation goal proved why his absence cost the Hammers a chance of winning the game.
Sanchez has now been involved in 23 goals in his last 24 Premier League appearances (17 goals, 6 assists).
Darren Randolph (Out of 10): 6
Arthur Masuaku: 5
Winston Reid: 5
James Collins: 5
Angelo Ogbonna: 4
Mark Noble: 5
Pedro Obiang: 5
Edimilson Fernandes: 4
Manuel Lanzini: 5
Dimitri Payet: 6
Ashley Fletcher: 6
Alvaro Arbeloa (For Collins, seven minutes): 3
Andre Ayew (For Fernandes, 63 minutes): 5
Andy Carroll (For Noble, 73 minutes): 6
Petr Cech: 6
Nacho Monreal: 6
Laurent Koscielny: 7
Shkodran Mustafi: 7
Granit Xhaka: 6
Francis Coquelin: 7
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7
Theo Walcott: 6
Mesut Ozil: 7
Alexis Sanchez: 10
Aaron Ramsey (For Walcott, 65 minutes): 6
Alex Iwobi (For Ozil, 87 minutes): N/A
Mohamed Elneny (For Coquelin, 87 minutes): N/A
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