Leicester City 2-5 Arsenal: 2 things we learned as Sanchez hat-trick delivers first Foxes defeat


A hat-trick from Alexis Sanchez and goals for Walcott and Giroud saw Claudio Ranieri’s side consigned to a first league defeat of the season

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Hat-trick hero: Sanchez gets off the mark with a hat-trick against the Foxes

Anything Harry Kane can do, Alexis Sanchez can do better.

While Tottenham’s England striker celebrated the goal that finally got him off the mark down in London, Sanchez scored three to get himself – and Arsenal – back in the Premier League groove.

The 26-year-old Chilean had not found the net since helping his country to win the Copa America back in July.

But in this cracking contest Leicester simply could not cope with his irresistible finishing.
The white-knuckle ride began just seven minutes in when Ritchie De Laet cleared off the line from Santi Cazorla.

At the other end Arsenal keeper Petr Cech parried from Jeffrey Schlupp with the game opening out into an end to end contest.

After hitting the post with a low shot on 10 minutes, Jamie Vardy put the Foxes’ noses in front in the 13th on the counter-

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Never in doubt: Sanchez put to bed any lingering concerns over his form today

Danny Drinkwater played a superb all out from his own half from to the England striker who raced down the left and curled the ball low beyond Cech.

Vardy should have doubled the advantage five minutes later but headed against the bar from Marc Albrighton’s cross.

From that counter-attack, Arsenal scored. Cazorla found Theo Walcott and the England speedster sent his low, diagonal effort beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

When Arsene Wenger lost Mathieu Flamini after just 21 minutes (Mikel Arteta replaced him) it looked as though things were beginning to go wrong yet again for the Gunners boss.

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Cool as you like: Walcott finishes adroitly after a lightning break

Ten minutes before the break he turned the ball home from close range after Hector Bellerin found him on the break from the right.

On 57 minutes Sanchez headed home after trading passes with Mesut Ozil.

And nine minutes from the end Sanchez lashed a right-footed effort in from outside the box.

There was still time for Vardy to send in another consolation and spark hopes of an unlikely comeback. Olivier Giroud, on for Walcott snuffed that out with a fifth in injury time.

But this afternoon was all about the return of Alexis Sanchez. Leicester, one of only three unbeaten sides before today, will be wondering what hit them.

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1. Theo Walcott’s bid to become Arsenal’s main striker is going well

The Gunners’ England man has now scored 12 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts for his club. The moment he was sent clear by Santi Cazorla there was never any doubt that he would level the scores. Growing in confidence with ever

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eading the line: Walcott’s opener makes it 12 goals in 13 Premier League starts for the striker

2. Alexis Sanchez is finally ready to rumble

The Chilean forward smashed 25 goals in his first season at Arsenal after a £33million move from Barcelona last season.

Before today, however, he had not scored since helping his country to win the Copa America in July. Arsene Wenger admitted yesterday that he had perhaps rushed him back too quickly since that success.

Sanchez, however, will have allayed the concerns of both his boss and Arsenal fans everywhere with his stunni

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