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Alexis Sanchez goal v Sunderland set new record for 2016-17 Premier League season

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Arsenal went into the Premier League weekend joint-top of the table alongside Manchester City and Liverpool but they needed to respond after a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough last Saturday.

They saw off Reading in the EFL Cup in midweek, and Arsene Wenger's side were aiming to pick up another win as they travelled to the Stadium of Light to take on 20th placed Sunderland.

In a dominant, comfortable first-half display, Arsenal took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to a brilliant header from Alexis Sanchez and went on to win the game 4-1.

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The Chilean forward expertly got across his man in the penalty area to convert Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's inviting cross, but, as you can see in the video below, the Gunners put together a move in the build-up to the goal which broke a Premier League record:

According to Opta stats, Arsenal completed 22 passes before Sanchez powerfully headed past youngster Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal, which is the most before a goal in the Premier League this season.

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In typical Arsenal fashion, they controlled possession, nearly every player got a touch of the ball whilst others offered movement off it, and they produced quality in the final third to make the breakthrough.

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David Moyes' struggling team briefly levelled the scores at 1-1 in the second period courtesy of a Jermain Defoe penalty.

However, in a crazy seven-minute period, two goals from substitute Oliver Giroud and another from Alexis ensured Arsenal went back to North London with all three points.

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Olivier Giroud
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