Arsenal stormed through to the 5th Round of the FA Cup with a brilliant 5-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Saints couldn’t replicate their EFL Cup success at Anfield earlier in the week, naming a much rotated side and generally looking off the pace for the entire 90 minutes.
A returning Danny Welbeck and a deadly Theo Walcott stole the show with the former helping Arsenal rush to a 2-0 lead before Walcott’s hat-trick sealed the deal and an impressive win.
The Gunners were helped too by a cameo from their most consistent player this season, typically he just can’t keep himself away from delivering the goods for Arsenal!
Coming on in the 65th minute, it only took Alexis Sanchez four minutes to directly contribute to a goal for his side.
65': Alexis Sanchez comes off the bench
69': Alexis Sanchez registers an assist ????️
It didn't take long. pic.twitter.com/ooRP3RQsXC
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 28, 2017
It’s typical of Sanchez this season to be so effective and even when he isn’t starting or being relied upon, he’s still liable to produce a bit of magic either for his teammates or by smashing the ball home himself.
This stat from Squawka shows just how important he has been to Arsenal this season.
Alexis Sanchez has now been directly involved in 28 goals in 29 games for Arsenal across all competitions this season.
Can't stay away. pic.twitter.com/mnreGzOIpe
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 28, 2017
Averaging a goal or assist almost every game is an exceptional return and in the next few months he is going to be absolutely vital if Arsene Wenger’s side are going to be competing for silverware at home or abroad.
Gunners fans must be hoping that contract situation gets sorted out sooner rather than later…