5 Shots, 2 key passes: £30m Arsenal signing Sanchez provides spark vs Sunderland

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Alexis Sanchez made the difference as Arsenal overcame Sunderland on Saturday.

Alexis Sanchez Vs Sunderland 1Alexis Sanchez scored twice on Saturday after costly errors from Wes Brown and Vito Mannone handed him two easy opportunities in a 2-0 Premier League win at Sunderland. The Chile international has now scored eight goals in 15 appearances for the Gunners since signing this summer for £30 million from Barcelona.

He proved the difference between one point and three for Arsenal, and while his two goals owed plenty to huge mistakes from the Sunderland defence, nonetheless, they showed off the attributes that have enabled Alexis to adapt as quickly as he has to the English top flight. 

The Chilean was ever present for the Gunners, accumulating 98 touches in total - more than any other player involved. He also fashioned the second-most number of passes (70) - second to only Mikel Arteta - 85.7% of which proved accurate. 

There will no complaints regarding his contribution in the final third, either. He fashioned two key passes from an attacking midfield role, while managing five attempts at goal - another match best. Of these strikes, three gave Mannone cause for concern, with the Sunderland shot stopper only able to keep out the Chilean on one occasion. 

Alexis' work-rate and eagerness to assist his side in a defensive capacity is widely respected by the Emirates faithful. We witnessed these traits in the Gunners' win against the Black Cats, as the former Barca winger made six tackles, two interceptions, one clearance and one block. 

It was another match-winning performance from Arsenal's marquee summer signing.

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