At the time of writing this article, the Arsenal website had not revealed which player had been voted by the fans as our best performer this season. But with Santi Cazorla in third and Francis Coquelin in second, it does not take a genius to work out that Alexis Sanchez will be the number one.
The Chile international provided a lot more than being our top scorer, with his immense desire to win and his tireless work rate all over the pitch. The speed at which he settled in to English football and began to take the Premier League was astonishing and must have been a major factor in him winning the PFA fans award as well.
And it is just as well for us that he did hit the ground running because in the early stages of the season, Alexis was carrying us. I wonder if that was on his mind when he gave an interview, reported by BT sport, in which he suggested that the Gunners probably under achieved despite winning another FA cup final.
The 26=year old striker said, “It was an okay season, but it was bittersweet. I would have liked to have been in the Champions League final, to have won the Premier League title.
“I had a breakthrough in my football life. Now I switch to the left, I make goals, I pass, I am evolving.
“And if I am put in at centre forward, I will do it in the best way possible and I am fit to play.”
Maybe seeing his former club Barcelona complete the treble took the shine off our own trophy success but I also think he makes a good point. And if Arsenal do not make a better fist of the big competitions next season, how long will our star man continue to be happy in north London?
Will this give Arsene Wenger a wake up call in his transfer dealings?