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Arsenal fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about in the first few months of the season, but they couldn’t have asked for much more from Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean joined Arsenal from Barcelona for £30million in the summer, managing six goals for the Gunners since his arrival. His inspirational attitude and skill has made other Arsenal midfielders look lazy and average. There’s no doubt about it, he’s world class and without him, it’s fearful to think where Arsenal would be this season.
With the whole Arsenal team looking lethargic against Hull, Sanchez stepped up and provided a goal and assist to earn the Gunners a point. His enthusiasm and determination almost created a winner with Kieran Gibbs close to latching on to his beautiful cross in the dying seconds. He also went close to scoring a header five minutes from time. In truth, Arsenal only ever looked like scoring when he was on the ball.
As well as scoring and assisting regularly, Sanchez offers an incredible work rate. He often tracks back to the edge of his own box to disposes an opponent and then carry the ball back up the other end of the field in seconds.
He doesn’t fit the mould of a normal Arsene Wenger signing. He’s not as neat in possession as Wenger’s normal signings, with just 77 per cent pass accuracy so far this season. His style sees him take more risks, and that’s exactly what Arsenal need right now. It was refreshing to see Wenger sign Sanchez, hopefully it is the first of many different types of signings we see from the Frenchman. There is no need for more lazy small play-makers, Arsenal need pace, power and energy.
Excluding £60million Di Maria, I can’t see any other Premier League player that has made such an instant impact in the Premier League.
I think the 25-year-old deserves more credit for his instant adjustment to the Premier League and becoming comfortably Arsenal’s best player of the season so far. He’s definitely a contender for signing of the season.