Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night with two stunning second half goals, to take his tally for the current campaign to 23.
However, Gunners boss Arsène Wenger and his players had to wait patiently for his side to make the breakthrough against the relegated Black Cats before the Chilean striker put them ahead in the 72nd minute with the second goal coming nine minutes later.
“It was a game we had absolutely to win. We did it, we have 72 points now and we have to focus to get 75,” Wenger said while reflecting on the game.
“That was not likely to happen three or four weeks ago but we need to patient a bit because we played Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday, with two difficult away games. It took us a while to get into our rhythm. In the second half, in the last 25 or 30 minutes, it happened.
“We won more games than last year, because we already have one point more than last year. We have gone through a difficult period away from home.
“At home, if you look at our record, it’s quite good. We have lost three away games recently that we should not have lost, at West Brom just before the international break, and after at Crystal Palace.
“Overall I’d say it’s away from home that we have lost our chances to win the championship. At home, our record is decent.”
Arsenal host Everton on Sunday in their final Premier League home game of the season, a game Wenger claims is already sold out but it remains to be seen if fans will fill up the seats.