Analysis of Alexis Sanchez's performance during Arsenal's draw with West Brom

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Alexis Sanchez scored again but his late goal was not enough for all three points against West Brom as Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

The Chile forward is out of contract in the summer and with the transfer window set to open tomorrow, the speculation regarding his future is sure to intensify.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how Sanchez performed at The Hawthorns.

INVOLVEMENT

Sanchez saw little of the ball during the first half, causing him to drop deep.

But in doing so it further isolated Alexandre Lacazette and often Sanchez would surrender possession, failing to find a team-mate with a simple pass.

He linked up well with Lacazette in and around the West Brom penalty area on one occasion in the first half but it ultimately led to nothing.

The same two players combined just after the hour mark but Lacazette could only poke Sanchez’s clever little pass narrowly wide.

FINISHING

It took until the 50th minute for Sanchez to have a shot at goal.

The 29-year-old stood menacingly over a free-kick just outside the penalty area in a central position but his effort struck the West Brom defensive wall.

Twenty minutes later he saw a fiercely-struck left-foot shot from inside the box blocked at close quarters by Ahmed Hegazi.

Having had a sighter, Sanchez scored with a free-kick from a near identical position with seven minutes remaining, although his shot did take a telling deflection en route to the net.

BODY LANGUAGE

Being on the periphery of the action does not suit Sanchez and at times the Chile international did look miserable and frustrated.

However, you could not say it affected his effort. Sanchez did chase and put West Brom defenders and midfielders under pressure.

He gestured at team-mates on more than one occasion after feeling they could have offered him a better option but this could not really be interpreted as petulance.

OVERALL

A quiet afternoon for Sanchez, but then Arsenal as a team were not really at the races.

When things are not going according to plan Sanchez takes it upon himself to try to make something happen and ends up trying to do too much.

He celebrated his goal with some gusto, however, along with the rest of his team-mates, which was not the case at Crystal Palace a few days ago.

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Jay Rodriguez’s last-minute penalty earned struggling West Brom a deserved point against uninspiring Arsenal.

The striker netted after Calum Chambers handled in the area to clinch a 1-1 draw just as it looked like Alexis Sanchez had given the Gunners victory.

The forward’s deflected free-kick put Arsenal ahead with seven minutes left in boss Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking 811th Premier League game in charge.

Star man

Ahmed Hegazi. The Egypt international has impressed during his short time in the Premier League and he was solid again at the back for West Brom.

Moment of the match

The game looked to be heading towards a goalless stalemate until Sanchez’s shot from a free-kick just on the edge of the area deflected into the net off of James McClean.

Replays showed that without the nick off the West Brom player the ball would probably have flew wide.

The rest of his team-mates celebrated with him this time, unlike at Crystal Palace.

Data point

Arsenal have a 100 per cent record against West Brom, having scored in all 24 of their Premier League games against the Baggies.

Player ratings

West Brom

Ben Foster 6 (out of 10)

Craig Dawson 7

Ahmed Hegazi 7

Jonny Evans 5

Kieran Gibbs 6

Gareth Barry 5

Matt Phillips 5

Jake Livermore 6

Chris Brunt 5

Jay Rodriguez 7

Hal Robson-Kanu 6

Substitutes

James McClean (for Phillips, 72) 4

Grzegorz Krychowiak (for Brunt, 72) 4

Allan Nyom (for Robson-Kanu, 75) 5

Arsenal

Petr Cech 5

Calum Chambers 5

Shkodran Mustafi 4

Laurent Koscielny 6

Hector Bellerin 5

Jack Wilshere 6

Granit Xhaka 6

Sead Kolasinac 5

Alex Iwobi 7

Alexis Sanchez 6

Alexandre Lacazette 6

Substitutes

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (for Kolasinac, 38)

Per Mertesacker (for Koscielny, 72) 5

Danny Welbeck (for Iwobi, 74) 5

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Pep Guardiola refused to rule out a fresh approach for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez after Gabriel Jesus suffered a suspected knee injury in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

On a damaging afternoon, City’s pursuit of a 19th successive Premier League victory ended in frustration and with injuries to Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, who was taken off on a stretcher following a late challenge by Jason Puncheon.

That came in a dramatic finish to the match, which saw Ederson save Luka Milivojevic’s late penalty to keep City unbeaten in the league this season.

City attempted to sign Sanchez, whose contract expires at the season’s end and who Guardiola once signed for Barcelona, during the summer transfer window.

With Jesus facing a spell on the sidelines Guardiola was asked about the Chilean, and the 46-year-old responded: “We will have meetings and see what is best.

“He is a player from Arsenal and I think he is going to stay at Arsenal. Now (the priority) is just to recover from today. Sometimes you ask for that but I have a lot of things in my mind. In two days, we have another game (at home to Watford). But now Alexis is an Arsenal player.”

Guardiola had already expressed concerns Jesus could be ruled out for up to two months when he said: “Gabriel will be out for maybe a little more than one month. Kevin, we will see tomorrow, if it is a kick or something else. We were lucky in recent games. It is the same. I admire the physicality of the league, but the referees have to protect the players. It is all I am asking.

“We were lucky against Tottenham, with Kevin, we were lucky against Newcastle, (with Ilkay) Gundogan; today we will see what happens. Hopefully it is just a huge kick. Maybe he will not be ready for Watford game. Protect all the players please from situations that are dangerous.”

That City performed below the extraordinary level they have consistently achieved this season meant that they dropped points in the Premier League for only the second time in 21 games, and for the first time did not score.

They regardless remain undefeated, in first place, and 14 points above closest challengers Chelsea, but Guardiola played down their chances of emulating Arsenal in 2004, when the Gunners went the entire league season without defeat.

“That is not going to happen,” he said. “I am not thinking to be unbeaten. Maybe Arsene (Wenger) is worried about that but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him. Today is completely different to 2004. Here are now more strong teams, a lot of competitions, a lot of games. That is not going to happen. I try to win the game, and especially focus on Watford.”

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