Two goals from Alexis Sanchez against West Brom see Arsenal move into third - but the Emirates was sparse

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With the chance to go into third place in the Barclays Premier League, the clash at home with West Brom was an important game for The Gunners.

And after a draw with Crystal Palace, they silenced any critics with a convincing 2-0 win moving Manchester City into fourth place.

Some empty seats are seen in the top tier during the second half of the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London
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But the Emirates stadium was looking pretty sparse. Reports leading into the game suggested as many as 2,500 season-ticket holders had sent back their tickets, with seats on general sale as many stayed at home in protest against a poor season and some unhappy that Arsene Wenger remains in charge after another faded title challenge.

Arsenal had Alexis Sanchez to thank for both goals, which means he's scored in four consecutive games.

The first goal was after just six minutes - Sanchez turned Sandro before arrowing a low drive past Ben Foster.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (centre) scores their first goal of the game the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
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The second came as Sanchez bent home a precise free-kick through a less-than solid West Brom wall after Aaron Ramsey had been felled by Claudio Yacob.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, left, scores his side's second goal from a freekick during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London
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More importantly, contact lens wearers everywhere could sympathise with Olivier Giroud.