Alexis Sanchez scores twice as Arsenal rolls past Burnley in EPL
LONDON (AP) — A second-half double from Alexis Sanchez and a first goal for Calum Chambers handed Arsenal a 3-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday in the Premier League.
Bottom side Burnley, now winless in the league after ten games, frustrated Arsenal for much of the encounter until Sanchez broke the deadlock on 70 minutes, heading Chambers' cross beyond goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Chambers then scored his first Arsenal goal two minutes later from close range before Sanchez weaved through the Burnley defense to score his second in the last minute of the match.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger again heaped praise on Sanchez, after he scored his second double in as many games after last weekend's 2-0 win at Sunderland.
"He is quality, he takes responsibility," Wenger said. "His header was more of a result of desire than doing something technically. He is a fighter. Through the center of the pitch he is more dangerous because he likes to take people on."
A good day for Arsenal was made better when Theo Walcott came on after 81 minutes to make his first appearance for Arsenal after a nine-month absence with a torn knee ligament. He could have scored with a fierce shot from a tight angle but Heaton managed to turn the ball over the crossbar.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche was pleased with the performance from his players up to 70 minutes, but accepted his side struggled as soon as Sanchez put Arsenal ahead.
"Once they got in front everyone relaxed in the stadium and they created two or three more chances almost immediately," Dyche said. "It was a big challenge for us and a harsh learning curve. That is the top of the market and they are a top-class side. We did well for 70 minutes, but it could have been more."
Sanchez was unfortunate not to be on the scoresheet much earlier. Heaton made two good saves from long distance strikes and also denied Danny Welbeck, who was teed up by the irrepressible Chile striker.
But once Sanchez eventually broke the resistance, it took only two minutes for Arsenal secure the win.
Chambers, who had assisted the opener with a pinpoint cross, swept the ball in from close range after Burnley failed to clear a corner.
Walcott then threatened to score shortly after his introduction and Lukas Podolski was denied magnificently by Heaton, before Sanchez darted through Burnley's defense and tucked the ball past him for the third.