The fire is back in Sanchez’s belly
Alexis Sanchez’s second half display against Brighton was as good as he has produced so far this season for Arsenal.
He looked energised and hungry – the piece of skill he produced to set up Alex Iwobi’s goal was worth the entrance fee alone.
And there was one incident in the second half that proved the Chilean is still up for the fight and it was when he raced towards the box, only to be brought down by Lewis Dunk.
The Brighton man then seemed to suggest Sanchez had dived – it prompted a furious response from the forward, who sprung to his feet and got in Dunk’s face.
There was no backing down from the Arsenal man, who certainly didn’t seem to be just going through the motions.
Record breaking Arsenal
It may have gone unnoticed with many, but Arsenal set two records on Sunday, one of which was surpassed by Arsene Wenger himself.
The victory means Wenger has now beaten 45 different Premier League teams, taking him one ahead of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
It also meant that Arsenal have won eight league games on the spin at the Emirates – more than they ever have previously.
Not a bad way to mark Wenger’s 21st anniversary as manager.
Wilshere’s heroes welcome
Arguably the loudest cheer of the day on Sunday – other than for the two goals – was for a player not even on the pitch.
Fresh from his man of the match performance against BATE Borisov on Thursday, Jack Wilshere was treated to a heroes welcome by the Emirates crowd.
When his name was read out before the game his cheers surpassed all others and then when he got off the bench to warm up for the first time he was roared down the touchline by the north bank.
Wilshere may not be getting too much game time right now, but he remains the darling of the Emirates.
A £13.5 million slice
Brighton didn’t have too many views of Petr Cech’s goal during Sunday’s game – and even when they did they never really troubled the Arsenal keeper.
One such instance came in the first half when Jose Izquierdo, who signed in the summer in a club record £13.5 million deal, took aim 25 yards out.
Unfortunately for the Columbian he didn’t have his shooting boots on as he effort was so wild it sliced so far wide that it went off for a throw-in.
Not Jose’s finest hour.
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