Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the “exceptional” Alexis Sanchez after his 14-minute second-half hat trick helped to defeat West Ham 5-1.
The Chilean striker made it five goals in his last two appearances to keep Wenger’s side hot on the tail of Premier League leaders Chelsea in second spot.
Sanchez also set up Mesut Ozil for the opening goal, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also finding the net.
“For me it took him a while to get mentally into the game, but he’s a fighter, he’s a winner,” Wenger said of Sanchez. “He always can give you something special. He has a short backlift, he’s quick and is quick to close down and he’s been exceptional.”
Wenger was satisfied with the result, even though the Gunners squandered several scoring opportunities.
“I am pleased with the result,” he added on BT Sport 1. “You have it in your mind that you deserve to be punished if you don’t take your chances. Sometimes you get away with it like today.”