Alexis Sanchez – The New Rising Star in EPL
Alexis Sanchez is becoming an influential player for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger signed him as a star and shortly the 25 years old Chilean started to justify his transfer fee. Alexis is currently the third top goalscorer in Premier League, with 8 goals in 10 matches, behind City’s Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Diego Costa. With 12 goals in the last 14 games in all competitions, Alexis Sanchez seems to have a great start and Gunners fans believe that he can be as good as Thiery Henry or Dennis Bergkamp.
The Chilean was transferred from Barcelona for £35 million and seems to quickly justify this huge amount of money. Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal against Beşiktaş in UCL Qualification. This goal covered his transfer fee because it was the decisive one and sent Arsenal in UEFA Champions League Group Stage. Then, he scored an amazing goal against Manchester City with a sidefoot volley. Compared to Mesut Ozil, Alexis managed to quickly integrate in Arsenal’s philosophy. The Chilean was instrumental for the Gunners scoring 8 out 19 goals in EPL and having 2 assists in Premier League also. This means that Sanchez contributed to 52.63% of Arsenal’s goals in Premier League. Amazing stats for the Chilean, isn’t it? 😀 Besides the goal in Qualification Stage, Alexis Sanchez scored twice for the Gunners in Champions League Group Stage and had 1 assist. Without Chilean’s contribution, Arsenal would have lost 9 points in the Premier League, finding itself on a relegation place. The 25 years old forwarder has 18 appearances so far for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 12 goals and having 3 assists. With these figures, Sanchez seems to become the striker that Arsene Wenger was looking for, a clinical finisher that constantly surprise the oppositions’ defense. The only match in Premier League in which Sanchez did not play well was against Chelsea, when he was closely marked by Ivanovic. Alexis is one of Arsenal’s favorites due to the fact he never gives up on a ball, having the ultimate desire to win the ball and create a goal chance.
Alexis Sanchez quickly became one of Arsenal’s most important players. In the match against Manchester United, the Red Devils are considering the Chilean as the main threat because he scored as many goals as United’s whole attack (Van Persie – 3 goals; Rooney – 3 goals; Falcao – 1 goal; Di Maria – 3 goals). Sanchez really hit the ground on Emirates and is playing his best football ever. Not only he adapted very quick to English football, but it seems that this style of play suits Sanchez very well. Alexis Sanchez loves changing wings and running into central areas to find more spaces. Defenders find very hard to mark him due to his position changes and relentless runs. In many matches Sanchez looks like a player that has endless resources of energy, always chasing the ball and opposition’s mistakes. The Chilean is a difficult opponent for anyone because immediately after he loses the control of the ball he starts running to recover it.
But who is this Chilean called Alexis Sanchez? Alexis is the product of Cobreloa youth academy. He debuted for Cobreloa’s senior squad at the age 16. After a successful season for Cobreloa, managing to score 9 goals in 47 appearances, Udinese decided to pay £1.7 million for the 17 years old striker. After two successful loan spells at Colo-Colo and River Plate. Udinese decided to retain Sanchez in 2008. Alexis Sanchez formed with Di Natale the second deadliest duo of strikers in Seria A history, with 39 goals in 2010-2011 season (2 goals behind Trezeguet-Del Piero duo). Barcelona signed Sanchez in 2011 for £25 million (plus £9 million in certain bonuses). He had quite some good seasons for Barcelona, managing to net 39 goals in 88 appearances, being the perfect replacement for Messi in the last season when the Argentinian was injured. Before joining Arsenal, Barcelona signed Luis Suarez, so Sanchez would have had difficulties to find a spot in the first 11. He made a very good decision to sign with Arsenal because he plays the best football in his career for the Gunners and his desire to win is even more powerful.
Alexis Sanchez is the man of the season so far for Arsenal. He is a real fighter, a world class player, very versatile, athletic, creative and his passions always creates goal opportunities. He has all the qualities to become the new Robert Pires. His goal appetite in Premier League might turn him into an Arsenal legend, like Henry or Bergkamp.