Sanchez scores twice as Arsenal keep Champions League hopes alive

Alexis Sanchez scored two second-half goals and Arsenal won their fourth in a row, 2-0 over relegation-bound Sunderland on Tuesday night at the Emirates.

The result keeps the fifth-place Gunners (22-6-9) still alive, but barely, for a finish in the top four of the Premier League and the Champions League berth that comes with it. Arsenal now must win Sunday at home against Everton, but also need help elsewhere around the grounds to avoid missing out on Champions League play for the first time under legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

Though Arsenal maintained control throughout the match - totaling 35 shots and 12 on target - they didn't score until Sanchez broke through in the 72nd minute off a nifty touch from Mesut Ozil. Sanchez's second came nine minutes later.

Talented young Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept his side in the match, but the bottom-dwelling Black Cats (6-6-25) were blanked for the 13th time in their last 16 league contests.

Updated May 16, 2017