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Soccer-Sanchez at the double as Arsenal down Sunderland
May 16, 2017 / 8:45 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Sanchez at the double as Arsenal down Sunderland

* Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 with both goals from Alexis Sanchez

* Arsenal had a Sanchez goal ruled out for a handball by Giroud

* Giroud headed just wide after the break

* Sanchez opened the scoring from close range after 72 minutes

* The Chilean doubled the lead with a header

* Arsenal host Everton in final outing, Sunderland visit Chelsea


LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) - Arsenal kept alive their top-four hopes with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland as Alexis Sanchez broke the visitors’ dogged resistance with a late double at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Relegated Sunderland had defended deep and restricted Arsenal to half chances on a frustrating evening for Arsene Wenger’s side until Sanchez rode to the rescue, sidefooting home Mesut Ozil’s cross after 72 minutes.

Sanchez, who had a first-half effort ruled out after his shot went in off the arm of Olivier Giroud, then doubled the lead with a close-range header with nine minutes remaining.

The victory leaves Arsenal fifth on 72 points, one behind Liverpool and three behind third-placed Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s final round of fixtures to decide who will join Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in next season’s Champions League. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Martyn Herman)

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