Alexis hat-trick helps Arsenal end Leicester’s unbeaten Premier League start
Alexis Sanchez fired a hat-trick as Arsenal ended Leicester City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season in a 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.
The Chilean had failed to score in eight previous appearances – but his three goals moves the Gunners above the Foxes and into the top four.
Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for Leicester in the 13th minute after Aaron Ramsey was dispossessed in the Foxes penalty area and Danny Drinkwater’s pass found Vardy, who fired past Cech into the net.
Vardy almost made it 2-0 five minutes later, heading Marc Albrighton’s cross against the bar – and immediately Arsenal broke to draw level.
Santi Cazorla’s through pass found Theo Walcott, who stroked a left-foot beyond Kaspar Schmeichel and inside the far post for the equaliser,
The Gunners took the lead in the 33rd minute when Hector Bellerin’s cross from the right deflected off de Laet and into the path of Alexis Sanchez to fire into the unguarded net.
Alexis got his second goal 12 minutes into the second half, receiving Bellerin’s pass and playing a one-two with Mesut Ozil before getting his head to the ball before Schmeichel to nod the ball into the net.
Walcott could have got his second of the match, but was denied by a save from Schmeichel, while Ozil had two efforts deflected over.
It was Alexis Sanchez though who claimed the Gunners fourth goal and his hat-trick. when he ran onto a throw-in and smashed a 25-yard shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Leicester still had time to claim a second goal after Cech foiled Riyad Mahrez and substitute Andrej Kramaric before Vardy blasted in his second goal of the game for the Foxes.
Substitute Olivier Giroud though the last word in an entertaining and exciting match when he got on the end of pull back from Nacho Monreal to score Arsenal’s fifth goal.
Arsenal: Cech 7; Bellerin 7, Mertesacker 6, Koscielny 7, Monreal 6; Flamini 5 (Arteta 21, 6), Cazorla 7; Ramsey 7 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Ozil 7, Sanchez 9; Walcott 8 (Giroud 80).