Stat Attack – How does Mhkitaryan compare to Alexis Sanchez?

Stat Attack by Russell Cane

Following Monday’s swap deal between Arsenal and Manchester United which saw Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan switch sides, fantasy football managers are now faced with a tough decision… who do I bring in?

The January transfer window is the perfect opportunity for fantasy football gaffers to freshen up their squads and with just 2.8% of managers owning Alexis Sanchez and only 5.9% with Henrikh Mikhitaryan in their sides, early moves to two bangwagons with heaps of potential have presented themselves.

With such low ownership figures, the number of managers drafting in Sanchez and Mkhitaryan is likely to rise fast, but who should you be drafting into your fantasy football squad to gain an advantage?

At daily fantasy football game, we have taken a look at how Sanchez and Mkhitaryan have ranked in eight key areas when compared to all 413 players to have appeared in the Premier League this season, to assess whether their strengths and weaknesses make them attractive fantasy football picks.

Alexis Sanchez ranks in the top 20 in four (key passes, shots, goals and dribbles) of the eight criteria analysed. The 29-year-old also ranks well for assists, passes and crosses. The one area Sanchez will be hoping to improve on is his pass completion, ranking just inside the bottom half of all players.

In contrast, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s stats for Manchester United have been far from spectacular. There’s no question regarding the 29-year-old’s creativity; ranking well for key passes, assists and crosses. However, in the remaining five criteria, Mkhitaryan will need to improve massively if he’s to warrant a fantasy football call-up. His performance levels for pass completion, dribbling, shots, passes and goals all appear a cause for concern.

While Alexis Sanchez has proven himself in the Premier League and has the that stats to back it up, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not. While, when taking their ownership numbers into consideration, bringing in Sanchez early doors appears a far more profitable risk vs. reward strategy than opting for Mkhitaryan who, after 18 months, still remains a wait and see.


  1. John Ibrahim says:

    both are quality players with different styles

    wheres kev = Resources?

  2. John0711 says:

    Rumours surfacing that is we do my get auba we will triggget the 33m release clause for Pavón
    I thinks it’s also BS but I would prefer him

    1. Roehahn says:

      Pavon has a playing style similar to Alexis and at 21 yrs old,he has the potential to become a world class prospect. If we dont get Auba,I would prefer Pavon too..but the fact is he is South American with only 2 international appearances for Argentina. If we sonehow do get him , I dont think we will be able to get him a work permit. The same reason why Joel Campbell didnt play for us the first 3 seasons..Somehow Arsenal are the only EPL club who cannot sort out work permit issues.

      1. John Ibrahim says:


        We probably dont have the connections like Utd or the financial muscles like City where they will pay their way through

  3. John0711 says:

    Don’t get

  4. Innit says:

    Wenger will end up getting Troy Deeney or Ayew lol.

    The Benzema rumour is ridiculous. We have Lacazette and Benzema will cost at least £50 mil, Unless Giroud is leaving and we get Benz for a lot lower

    God only knows what Wenger is doing. I don’t think even Wenger knows what Wenger is doing

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Benzama rumour is juz made up..pretty obvious

  5. Phil says:

    On Topic-We have lost arguably our best and most important player(Ozil being just as vital to us).We need to replace his goals and that means better and more consistent service to get the best from Lacazette.This is where we must hope Mikki can give us more than Sanchez.

  6. Henrikh Mkhitaryan says:

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not Sanchez replacement, he should be used in his best position base on his potential. I don’t believe Benzema news but am confused wats going on abt auba, almost all d parties r pointing towards arsenal yet no deal.maybe arsenal is looking at another person . personally am not raising my hope on any signing until one is announced

  7. Innit says:

    At least he doesn’t have that goofy smile

    1. Roehahn says:

      Regarding your earlier comment about us missing out on Alonso, would like to remind you that we also missed out on Ronaldo and Messi for similar reasons. Ronaldo had already been brought to our ground and already presented with a No. 9 shirt when Fergie stole him right from under our nose. Messi and Pique were supposed to join us along with Cesc but we refused to pay for his family’s accomodation and Messi stayed at La Massia. Oh,what could have been.

      1. GB says:

        Ronaldo story I do believe it but the other two, never heard anything like that bs before!

  8. Peterhos says:

    EPL is now fantasy football. Each team has a huge budget. But Arsenal with their ££££S have failed to buy a balanced team. AW buys what is cheaper, rarely quality in the important positions. Result? 6th in the league, 4th at best.

  9. GB says:

    I don’t believe Wenger has any say in how much we pay for a player. He is here and negotiating team is in Germany. I know it is easy to make contact between them but these matters are are no longer part of Wenger’s remit. The fact the neg team have not got this over the line is a different matter. Doertmund are being very tricky with their tactics and I think we will walk away from this one!

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Exactly….like any other managers, Wenger may not have any say in the financial side…

      1. Break-on-through says:

        It’s good if these guys are gonna start taking responsibility on their head. They’ll need to come out and say as much when Wenger next gets pelted over our lack of good signings. He was involved not long ago, but this time it’s nothing to do with Wenger.

  10. Peterhos says:

    Whether Wenger controls the money was not my point. The lack of a balanced strong team all round was the point. Does anyone here think we have good balance in the team?

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Yes I agree it does have an off kilter look about it. Two top LBs on one side but only one RB. Two GKs one is highly experienced but lost a reflex or two. The other is full of reflex’s so much so that he goes before the ball has even reached his area. Allot of young defenders but an nonvocal team leaving them to swim in the deep end. No DM of worth. B2B’s coming out of the kazoo. Wingers who cannot cross properly, and we’re selling the one man we have that can feed off good crossing technique. And now two strikers who rely on pace and balls hit in behind or knocked over the top. Behind them we have two play-makers. I think the strikers with Ozil Mkhit behind them could be interesting though unorthodox looking at times. Liv are so dangerous because the are not as designated as a team sheet will have you believe. City can be like that too. UTD are very designated. We, are sort of half and half.

  11. Yun says:

    Why arsenal didnt bid on moura. Report said only spurs interested in moura. 23M is bargain value for the player fees.. We could lost him to spurs..
    What is wenger doin??

  12. Mikejohn says:

    Our number one priority shud be aubameyang then after we can talk abt any other players, we need a quality player that can push us forward to save our season not a player that needed few season to get use to the league, for me Wenger and gazidis has a hand in all this mess, he still has the power to tell gazidis i need this player and his gonna be a good addition and ofcus gazidis can now say okay let’s make this happen. But now I believe Wenger is still behind it let’s face the fact

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Wenger would prob prefer Giroud to stay and put this off til the summer by the sounds he’s making. He’d prob rather mold Nketiah Mavididi or a young recruit. This one sounds like it’s Gazidas asking Mislintat about covering Alexis’s loss and possible Ozil loss. Two former teammates which Mislintat discovered.

  13. Break-on-through says:

    Alexis is the better player we don’t need stats to know it. Alexis is the leagues deadliest player because of how many areas he excels in. Kane and Aquero are the next two deadliest, finishing abilities is up there surpassing Alexis. Aguero is also a good dribbler and has decent ball skills. Hazard is maybe best dribbler but it’d be argumentative. Defensively none of them come close to Alexis, he’s maybe the best at that stuff compared to all forwards in the game full stop.

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