Ex-striker reacts to Alexis Sanchez’s display in Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Stoke

Alan Smith heaps praise on Alexis Sanchez after Arsenal's 4-1 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez Photo: Puma

Alan Smith lavished praise on Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean helped to fire Arsenal to a vital 4-1 win over Stoke on Saturday night.

The Arsenal forward was in sublime form at the bet365 Stadium as he helped Arsene Wenger’s men keep their top-four hopes alive with a crucial victory.

Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal the lead before half-time and Mesut Ozil made it 2-0 shortly after the break with a clever finish from Sanchez’s pass.

Peter Crouch pulled a goal back for the home side but Sanchez’s deflected effort made it 3-1, just after he appeared to pick up an injury.

Sanchez was substituted shortly after and Giroud then added his second of the evening when he converted Aaron Ramsey’s cross.

The result left Arsenal in fifth place and just a point behind Liverpool ahead of the Reds’ trip to West Ham on Sunday.

And former Arsenal striker Smith was hugely impressed by what he saw from Sanchez at the bet365 Stadium.

Smith told Sky Sports: “Well, what an amazing player.

“He’s just a freak of nature this boy.

“You just didn’t think he had it in him. The desire week in, week out, every single match… he’s up for the fight.”

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Arsenal host Sunderland on Tuesday night as they look to keep their top-four bid on track.

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