Alexis Sanchez vs Luis Suarez - £30m Arsenal star and ex-Liverpool ace compared

How does Alexis Sanchez's impressive Arsenal start compare to Luis Suarez last season for Liverpool?


Alexis Sanchez's blistering start to the season for Arsenal has all sorts of comparisons being made,

Teammate Mathieu Flamini has compared him to Thierry Henry, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain claims he sees similarities with Luis Suarez, a description suggested a week earlier by Ian Wright.

Sanchez is his own player of course, but in comparison to Suarez, he does not stack up too badly.

Suarez enjoyed an incredible campaign last season, scoring at a ratio of almost a goal a game, and winning a PFA and Football Writers Award double vote for Player of the Year.

Liverpool's unimpressive form this season after selling him to Barcelona only further serves to enhance his achievements last season.

Sanchez, while not quite as prolific as Suarez, holds his own. He wins the ball back for his side more times per game, achieves a higher percentage of his shots on target, and achieves a higher pass completion rate. In terms of assists and chances created he is not far behind, even if his goals per game ratio takes some catching up.

  Goals / gameAssists / gameKey Passes / gameDribbles / gameBall Recovery / gameOn targetPassing Accuracy
Luis Suarez 0.94 0.36 2.64 2.82 3.45 45% 75%
Alexis Sánchez 0.63 0.25 2.25 2.63 5.13 48% 78%

It must also be remembered, that 2013/14 was Suarez's third season in the Premier League. Sanchez may not look like it, but he adapting and adjusting all the same.

Comparing Sanchez's current campaign to Suarez's 2011/12 or 2012/13 brings about different results.

  SeasonGoals / gameAssists / gameKey Passes / gameDribbles / gameBall Recoveries / gameShots on TargetPassing Accuracy
Luis Suárez 2012-2013 0.7 0.15 2.73 2.88 3.36 39% 77%
Alexis Sánchez 2014-2015 0.63 0.25 2.25 2.63 5.13 48% 78%
Luis Suárez 2011-2012 0.35 0.1 2.06 2.45 2.97 38% 75%

Sanchez's quick start is significantly better in terms of goals per game than Suarez's first season, while his assists per game are also better than both of Suarez's first two seasons. His shots on target percentage and pass completion rate continues to rank higher.

Suarez is now playing in Sanchez's old role at Barcelona and their records there will be interesting to compare, and while many may prefer to have the former Liverpool man in their side, it must also be remembered that the Chilean is unlikely to be picking up any lengthy bans, unlike the volatile Uruguayan.

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