Sanchez double keeps Arsenal in the hunt

17 May 2017
Arsenal v Sunderland

Chilean strikes twice as Gunners beat Sunderland 2-0 and move to within a point of Liverpool

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Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish thanks to a second-half double against Sunderland by Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners were frustrated by the excellent goalkeeping of Jordan Pickford until Sanchez capitalised with two goals in 10 second-half minutes.

Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka each fired over and wide, while Petr Cech denied Didier Ndong and Jermain Defoe at the other end, but Pickford stole the goalkeeping show, making 11 saves.

The 23-year-old thwarted Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi, before the Chilean tapped in Mesut Ozil’s cutback on 72 minutes.

Sanchez scored an 81st-minute header when Pickford, for once, was foiled by Giroud’s hooked effort.

Arsenal move to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool and remain three behind Manchester City, with one match, at home to Everton, remaining.

See: Arsenal report | Sunderland report

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