With eight goals already from his first 15 games as an Arsenal player, Alexis Sanchez is proving to be a fantastic summer signing by Arsene Wenger and a vital part of the Gunners team. But it is not just his goals that have been so impressive.
His amazing appetite for the success and for the game have really caught the eye, with his new team mates as well as the fans. And he seems to be having the effect of making those other Gunners around him put in the extra effort as well, just as our former superstar Thierry Henry had such a galvanising effect on the whole team with his abilities on the pitch.
And as a Daily Star report reveals, the only current Arsenal player that also played in the same team as Henry, Mathieu Flamini, has suggested that Alexis is looking as good as our former greats, while also praising the Chile international for the incredible amount of work he puts into all aspects of the game to help out his fellow Gunners.
Flamini said, “From what we have seen so far of him, he is right up there [with Henry and Van Persie]. He is proving it in every game he plays, not just with his goals but the way he works for the team.
“[Alexis] is a breath of fresh air to play with. He gives so much for the team and not just in an attacking sense.
“I didn’t realise he works so hard off the ball. Not just creating space for others but helping out defensively. He is a top player and has already made a big difference.
“Normally a player with his talent and goals would be satisfied with that but he gives more with his work-rate. When you see someone like him working so hard, it sets an example for all of us to follow.”
Of course, Alexis still has a lot of work to do and a lot of goals to score before he can be compared to Arsenal’s all time record goal scorer, but he has made a pretty good start to doing so. And if he continues and improves in his new club, it would not be out of the question for him to at least come close to the King.
But Henry was also part of a fantastic Arsenal side, so does Alexis need better players around him to enjoy the same sort of trophy success as the French striker?