By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi came on as a second half substitute for Arsenal in their 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland in Tuesday’s at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Alexis Sanchez was the match winner for the Gunners, bagging a brace to take his tally to 23 this season. The strikes were also his fifth and sixth against the Black Cats since he arrived in England in 2014.
The game was Iwobi’s 25th EPL appearance for the Gunners this season and his first for two months.
Sunderland made a great start to the encounter with Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe both getting their shots on targets.
The Italian took advantage of a half chance to fire straigth at Petr Cech in the 10th minute.
Arsenal also pressed Sunderland into their own half and their dominant display saw Granit Xhaka fire a left-footed shot from 20 yards which was saved by the Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford.
In the 34th minute, Cech made a smart save to keep out Jermaine Defoe’s low strike after Didier Ndong had played him through on goal.
At the start of the second half, Sunderland missed a golden opportunity to score when Sunderland were awarded an indirect free kick on the right side of the six-yard box after Nacho Monreal played a misplaced back-pass to Cech who was out of his goal area.
In the 72nd minute, Sanchez broke the deadlock with the easiest of strikes tapping in Mesut Ozil’s pass for his 27 goals this season.
The Chilean made it 2-0 with another tap-in firing in Oliver Giroud’s rebound effort.
The win kept Arsenal in fifth place on 72 points, one point off fourth-placed Liverpool with one match left to end the EPL season.