Why Alexis Sanchez will be signinificant in any Arsenal success this season

On 27th October 2014 by Kieran

With only 3 wins in 9 Premier League matches Arsenal have had a poor start to the season. This may be due to the current injury problems scattered amongst the squad. But amid the injury woes there has been one star shining, which at no surprise is Alexis Sanchez..

Securing 5 goals and 2 assists already in the Premier League, he has already been involved in 54.5% of Arsenal’s Premier League goals this season. Sanchez may prove vital in keeping Arsenal afloat until the January transfer window.  Although his goal scoring capabilities are not the only factor that he has brought to Arsenal so far this season.

The Chilean international has been the most determined and hardworking player of the Arsenal team so far and an influential one at that. He has featured at the heart of the majority of Arsenal’s attacks with his link up play with Danny Welbeck and the currently  injured Mesut Ozil being remarkable. Sanchez will run until the end of the world taking on opponents whenever he gets the chance to, he is persistent in attack and if either him or a teammate lose the ball he is not afraid to track back to help the fullbacks in retrieving the ball and correcting his mistakes. This exemplary determination has started to rub off on other players such as Danny Welbeck who may not have been slotting away as many goals as he wants but is willing to get back and help in defence to kick start the attacks. Alexis’ versatility is also a major factor that may play a big help during Arsenal’s current injury crisis, being able to roam around anywhere in the attack with no trouble. His hard work hasn’t gone unnotice with captain Mikel Arteta already praising him alongside Mathieu Flamini who is already claiming that Sanchez is “right up there” with the likes of Thierry Henry.

Arsenal are currently struggling to keep up with the top teams, such as Chelsea who are currently running away with the title. Although come the Christmas break Arsenal should have a team that is capable of battling for the top spot, if it is not all too late by then. With the Chilean master out on the wing and Theo Walcott on the opposite, Arsenal will welcome the return of Mesut Ozil who should in theory be playing back in the preferred centre. Along with the option of both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud as a lone striker the ability to rotate the two strikers may prove vital in keeping them as fit as possible.

His display against Sunderland this weekend showed just why he is the best at Arsenal currently. Barely giving the Sunderland defenders an inch breathing space proved to work with Wes Brown making an error in his pass back attempt, whilst Alexis used his unmatchable pace to pull away and then dink it over Vito Mannone. His second came from a similar defensive mistake with Mannone gifting the ball to Sanchez to finish it. But as mentioned earlier it is not only his goal scoring ability that makes him world class, with him racking up an 86% pass accuracy rate as well as winning 83% of his tackles. If Alexis can keep up high quality performances throughout the season whilst maintaining stats like that means he will undoubtedly be Arsenal’s player of the season.

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