Date: 5th December 2016 at 12:44pm
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Arsenal brushed aside the challenge of West Ham on Saturday with a second half demolition seeing the Gunners run out 5-1 winners at the London Stadium, closing the gap on current Premier League leaders Chelsea to three points.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was among the goalscorers in the second half second half showing with the win branded as ‘quite convincing’ in the end, he told BT Sport.

‘We were 1-0 up at half-time but we were a little wasteful and they were putting dangerous balls into the box. We knew we needed to come out strong in the second half and in the end it was quite convincing.’

Alexis Sanchez gained all the plaudits though with the Chilean bagging a hat trick, sealing this with an audacious bit a skill as he ran through before lifting the ball past the West Ham keeper.

Sanchez’s performance has seen him likened to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, in a positive way and not the wild lunge of a challenge he made when being sent off against Chelsea!

Oxlade-Chamberlain added.

‘Alexis was brilliant – he gives you that speed in behind opposing defences. He’s like Aguero in many ways. You get balls up to him and he can just make things happen. He’s an amazing player and it’s great to have in the team. We are good on the counter attack and Mesut Ozil and Alexis are the first to turn and go in behind. When West Ham scored it kicked us back into life.’

Arsenal have gained a reputation in recent years basically bottling it with the title bid faltering in the New Year, in fact the wheels have often come off in all competitions the closing months of the season. However, talk of Arsenal not being contenders is ‘disrespectful’ according to the England international.

This may be a commonsense approach of course but Oxlade-Chamberlain believes if Arsenal keep winning we’ll be there or thereabouts, he finished.

‘We just need to keep winning games. We’re Arsenal Football Club. If people don’t expect us to be there or thereabouts (in the title race) it’s a bit disrespectful. You never know what’s going to happen. We need to keep this going.’

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