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Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: Sanchez brace helps Gunners ease to win

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal is watched by James Chester of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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  • Sanchez opens scoring
  • Then adds spinning free kick
  • Arsenal back into third
  • Baggies in 15th with 40 pts

Arsenal moved back into the Premier League’s third slot with a relatively easy 2-0 victory over visiting West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

The Emirates saw a pair of first half goals from Alexis Sanchez, and rode that start to a win. The Gunners have 63 points, two ahead of Man City and four up on Manchester United.

West Bromwich Albion has 40 points, 10 clear of the drop zone but only good for 15th place.

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West Brom could pack it in as much as it liked, but that wasn’t going to help if Arsenal was belting in goals from outside the area.

First, Sanchez recovered from a slight stumble to hammer a worm-burning shot past Ben Foster.

Then the Chilean snapped a free kick through two Arsenal players occupying the end of the West Brom wall, and Foster could not react to stop the spinning orb.

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2 - Arsenal have scored as many goals from outside the box tonight as they had in their 33 previous Premier League games combined. Pop.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 21, 2016


[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ] Referee Jon Moss might’ve been a bit snakebit from Sunday’s big to-do between Leicester and West Ham, because he turned down several shouts for penalties -- including a first half handball against Arsenal -- and did not book Mohamed Elneny for diving on one second-half occasion.

Jon Moss in no mood to award penalties tonight and not giving Arsenal players the Vardy treatment - bookings for diving

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 21, 2016


The Baggies did find some pressure late in the second half, and Salomon Rondon very much should’ve made it 2-1 with a mistaken shot at the back post.

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