Arsene Wenger’s men had drawn their previous three matches but made sure that they took three points against Bournemouth on Sunday. The Gunners also ensured that they remain three points behind leaders Chelsea and in the fourth spot, as they fought hard to beat a resilient Bournemouth side at the Emirates.
With Premier League leaders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all winning on Saturday the onus was on the Gunners to respond on home turf.
Arsene Wenger’s men did not have it all their own way, though, as Bournemouth – devoid of Arsenal-loanee Jack Wilshere – put in a good showing in north London.
It was a mistake of their own doing that saw Arsenal take the lead when Sanchez pounced on Steve Cook’s error to break the deadlock, but Bournemouth’s efforts were rewarded before half-time when Callum Wilson levelled from the penalty spot. Arsenal suffered a blow shortly after as Mathieu Debuchy – making his first Premier League start since November 8, 2015, due to Hector Bellerin’s injury absence – was replaced by Gabriel Paulista after picking up a hamstring problem.
Arsenal produced a marked improvement after the break and afforded Bournemouth significantly fewer opportunities and they edged ahead early in the second half thanks to Theo Walcott’s header.
Bournemouth continued to cause problems and were adamant that they should have been awarded a second spot-kick late on as they desperately sought a leveller, but Sanchez broke the visitors’ resolve for good in injury time with his seventh goal in his past eight games.
A brace from Alexis Sanchez and a header from Theo Walcott helped Arsenal to a 3-1 victory with Callum Wilson scoring the solitary goal for the visiting team from the penalty spot. Fans on Twitter had their say
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