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Awesome Alexis: Wingers Stats vs. Reading

In a game that needed a special performance from a special individual, it was Alexis Sanchez who pulled out all the stops to send Arsenal into their second successive FA Cup final.

The Chilean maestro picked up a brace as the Gunners edged a  2-1 victory over Championship side, Reading, on Saturday afternoon.

Talk before the game was heavily involved in who would start the game, with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck both being viable options for Wenger to utilise the left-wing.

However, the boss stuck with this seasons top goalscorer and for good reason, as Alexis played the whole 120 minutes of the match.

WhoScored Rating: 9.26

The player ratings can only further back up what we saw from Sanchez this afternoon, and with a rating of 9.26, he caps off what is statistically his best game in an Arsenal shirt so far.

Alexis managed to bag two goals from open play, both of which came from the middle of the penalty area after assists from Mesut Ozil on both occasions.

In a game where Arsenal were struggling to get a hold of play, the winger pulled off four shots which equalled the most in the game, with three on target and one blocked.

With play being tight throughout a well-stretched game, he pulled off a total of 49 passes, and 37 of which were key to setting Arsenal on the attack, leaving the Gunner with a success rate of 76%.

Sticking with the attacking stats, the 26-year-old managed to take on six dribbles and pulled off five of them when pushing down on a weakening Reading defence.

The man on the left-wing didn’t sit back when it came to defensive work either, as he pulled off two aerial attempts and boasted an impressive 100% tackle rating.

But what was most influential from Alexis’ position today was the work rate he put in throughout the game.

Even in the 120th minute the Chilean was running around like a child in a playground at lunchtime, and the effort put in by him alone, fully justified his starting position today.