Sanchez and Hazard shine as Chelsea and Arsenal both bag 3 points

Eden Hazard jogging

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard were both in action on Boxing Day.

Both players were standout performers, playing a huge role in their respective teams’ victories Friday.

Premier League leaders Chelsea hosted West Ham at Stamford Bridge, gaining revenge for their stalemate last season, with a comfortable 2-0 win.

Chelsea were utterly dominant, and had the game wrapped up long before the full-time whistle with goals from John Terry and Diego Costa, though it was Hazard who was once again the host’s driving force.

Aside from clocking up yet another assist, the Belgian ace was a constant threat against West Ham, he took two shots, created four chances via key passes and successfully completed four dribbles.

Similarly, Arsenal’s big summer signing was also in top form as he took his season tally to ten goals with another crisp finish in the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over fellow Londoners Queens Park Rangers.

The Chilean international was phenomenal in the attacking third, taking five shots, making five key passes and successfully completing an astounding 11 dribbles – more than double Hazard’s tally.

In possession, however, there are some question marks over the Arsenal ace’s ability to retain the ball - Sanchez completed just 28 accurate passes, despite taking 84 touches.

Hazard, in contrast, has so far this season proved to be much more reliable finding a fellow Chelsea player, notching up 54 accurate passes – almost doubling Sanchez’s total.

 

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