Alexis Sanchez Helps Arsenal Reach Premier League Milestone After Goal in 2-1 Middlesbrough Win

Jude Summerfield

​Alexis Sanchez's free-kick against Middlesbrough was Arsenal's 3000th away league goal in English football, becoming the second team to reach that figure.

Sanchez's set-piece gave the Gunners the lead during their 2-1 win over Boro, with Mesut Ozil scoring the winner after Alvaro Negredo's earlier equaliser. 

Arsenal have a large standing in English football, winning plenty of domestic honours and becoming big players in the Premier League, and that has been highlighted in one OptaJoe statistic.

​​It's unsurprising to see Arsenal behind only Manchester United in the standings, given how big a club Arsenal have become and the elite kind of players they have managed to attract to north London.

In recent years Alexis Sanchez, Robin van Persie, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp have contributed heavily to the impressive statistic, but historically Arsenal have always had goalscorers present in their team.

Thierry Henry (R) of Arsenal celebrates
Thierry Henry (R) of Arsenal celebrates

Ian Wright is the second in the club's all-time leading goalscorer charts, behind Henry, while club legends Cliff Bastin, John Radford, Jimmy Brain all scored plenty of goals away from home over the years.

The club are a fair way behind Manchester United, who have got 3226 goals, but Arsenal have scored more goals than their Premier League rivals this season and, while it would take a long time, they could reduce the gap even further in the next few years.


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