Alexis Sanchez scored twice and Calum Chambers added another as Arsenal won 3-0 at home to bottom club Burnley on Saturday to claim fourth place in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s early-season anxieties about the battle for a Champions League place seem to be easing, and it is largely because the excellent Sanchez has already found his feet following his transfer from Barcelona.
Arsenal were also able to hand a comeback to England winger Theo Walcott, who made his first appearance of the season as a second-half substitute after 10 months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
The game at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger named an unchanged team, quickly fell into a predictable pattern.
By the 10th minute, Arsenal had had close to 80 percent of possession. By the 30th minute, they had had more than four times as many shots on goal as Burnley.
By the 40th, the Lancashire side were already hugely grateful to goalkeeper Tom Heaton, after he made a series of fine saves.
Two of those stops were from Chilean forward Sanchez, who has now scored four times in two games after claiming a double in last weekend’s 2-0 success at Sunderland.
Wenger claimed on Friday that Europe is no longer producing forwards like South America and, whether true or not, there are few players in the Premier League capable of producing what Sanchez does.