Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal’s difference-maker?

Alexis Sanchez

 

Alexis Sanchez has been on another level so far this season. The Chile international has been a key figure for Arsenal this campaign, netting 13 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions since the start of August. Additionally, the Gunners winger has recorded seven assists and fans have praised the 27-year-old for his non-selfish nature in the opening stages of the new campaign.

Mesut Ozil may receive plenty of recognition for his passing and creativity, but Sanchez has really stepped up to the plate for Arsene Wenger’s side recently. Whether he lines up as Arsenal’s main striker or as part of a front three, Sanchez has been dangerous all season and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Chilean continue his fine form into 2017.

If he continues to inspire confidence, he might even challenge the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Kevin de Bruyne for the coveted Player of the Year award at the end of the season. To put his contributions into perspective, Sanchez has scored 55 goals and assisted 32 more in 113 appearances, whilst Chelsea star Eden Hazard has netted 33 and set up 23 in the same timeframe.

With a couple of favourable home fixtures against West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace over the festive period, Arsenal’s supporters will be expecting the Gunners to challenge for top spot in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, these home fixtures may set the fan base back a few additional pounds over the Christmas period. Incredibly, a survey recently conducted by Voucherbox bizarrely discovered that Arsenal fans actually save money by attending away fixtures instead of home games – a potential reason for Arsenal’s incredible away support.

Who knows, we could be set to see Wenger’s men competing at the summit of the Premier League for the remainder of the campaign – and they could also challenge for further domestic glory as well as European success if they play their cards right.

With Sanchez firing on all cylinders and a potential new contract offer on the cards, Arsenal could be set to tie their star man down to a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium; something that will help to ease any lingering nerves amongst supporters.

Arsenal’s title hopes don’t lie solely on Sanchez’s health and fitness, but his importance to their style of football is clear for all to see. The Gunners are much better with the Chile star in the starting line-up and fans will be hoping for contract discussions to end in the coming weeks.

With no distractions surrounding his future, Sanchez will be able to focus entirely on guiding Arsenal to their first Premier League title since 2004 – and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Chilean receive individual accolades along the way if he keeps his current form up.