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.
22 – There were 22 passes before Sanchez's goal v Sunderland, the most before a goal in the Premier League this season. Move. pic.twitter.com/u30eP4fYUU
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 29, 2016
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:
Alexis Sánchez's goal 😍 Notice the 21-pass build-up. pic.twitter.com/wvYUGl6sV0
— Fouad (@FouadAFC) October 29, 2016
21 passes from cech to the header by sanchez. Great build up for the goal and good quality of football. Good first half.#ARSENAL
— bader (@bader_q8) October 29, 2016
That Sanchez goal tho. That's why he's my favourite Arsenal player, but those defenders foolish small
— St. Tosin (@tossin_O) October 29, 2016
— Fahad Arsenal Afridi (@37gunner) October 29, 2016
So comfortable for Arsenal. 65pc possession. Domination. 22 pass move for Sanchez goal. Sunderland leaden, no shots on target. #SUNARS 0-1
— Simon Bird (@SimonBird_) October 29, 2016
— 9jagooners (@9jaGooners) October 29, 2016
— Akshath Subbaiah (@iAkshath) October 29, 2016
Come on Arsenal, grab a few more in the second half, Sanchez and chamberlain have been unreal 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Jordan Brown (@jordan_browni3) October 29, 2016