By Tony Hughes

Alexis Sanchez scored his fifth (and later his sixth) Premier League goal of the season against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

It was a real team effort though and a trademark Arsenal goal as they started the move from a throw-in deep in their own half.

From the throw-in, from Kieran Gibbs to Laurent Koscielny, the Arsenal players built up a total of 21 additional passes, across the length of the field, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked the ball up and whipped in a cross.

Alexis Sanchez, not the tallest player on the field, rose ahead of Lamine Kone to head the ball home and send the visiting fans wild.

Opta confirmed that it was the most passes before a goal in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal fans took to Twitter to celebrate the goal that helped take them go three points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with Manchester City and Liverpool due to play later on Saturday.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

In other Arsenal news, TV pundit and former striker Alan Smith has pinpointed this problem ahead of Arsenal’s title challenge this season.