Arsenal fans are already well aware of how important the Chilean international star is to Arsenal and any chance we have of winning a trophy and more importantly the title of Premier League champions, as we have seen how much the Gunners suffer when the fantastic forward is out of action or struggling for form.
This season Alexis is operating for us in his new role of centre forward and is really starting to shine in the position, so he might be even more important to Arsenal this year. Sanchez is not your typical central striker though, and still tends to come deeper and get more involved in the creative side of things as well as the finishing of the chances created.
This is highlighted in a little statistical report by Squawka.com, which has compiled a list of the top 20 players in terms of defence splitting through balls from the top five leagues in Europe. The only player with more than the Gunner’s 13 is the PSG and Argentina star Angel Di Maria and the next Premier League player on the list is David Silva of Man City with eight of these passes defined as ‘a defence splitting pass for a teammate to run onto’.
The other notable things was that almost every other player in the top 20 is a creative midfeild type like Silva, Coutinho, Tadic and De Bruyne, so for Alexis to be doing it from the centre forward position shows just how vital he is to our attack.
So will he be able to steer Arsenal to the EPL title?