Half way through the second half at the bet365 Stadium, Alexis Sanchez asked to be replaced, signaling that there was something wrong with him. Despite the pain, the Chile international went on to score the most decisive goal in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City, his team’s third, before being substituted a minute later.
The physios told me Alexis Sanchez wanted to come off, I don’t know what it was, but he’s a fighter and found the resources to score an excellent goal after
Arsene Wenger told reporters after the game.
I just think he has shown again that it’s not about talent but desire too and fighting spirit and he has that as well
the Arsenal manager added. Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil had given the Gunners a 2-0 lead, but Peter Crouch made it 2-1 in the 67th minute using his hand, instead of his head, to threaten Arsenal.
When they scored the ‘hand-goal’ they came back but when you go to places like Stoke you need at some stage to suffer and stick together and that’s what we did. When we went 3-1 up that was game over. We had a difficult week but we’ve won convincingly so the focus is there, the fighting spirit is there and we’re pleased to win
the Frenchman said. Arsenal are now fifth, one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three from third-placed Manchester City, with just two games remaining.