Alexis Sanchez has quickly become the golden boy at the Emirates and if there was any doubt before the weekend, his brace against bottom side Burnley will have surely put that to bed.
It was the Chilean’s fifth and sixth goal in his last six matches in all competitions proving once again just how shrewd the signing by Wenger was, despite his healthy £30 million price tag.
At Barcelona, although a frequent name on the scoresheet, the Chilean never really cemented a place in the starting eleven over the likes of Neymar and Pedro, and was often used as a second-half impact substitution unless there was injuries.
In light of the interest in Luis Suarez, the writing was on the wall for Sanchez as it provided even more evidence that he wasn’t considered by the Barcelona hierarchy as a player that would start week in, week out.
Nevertheless, commenting in his current form, Catalan-based newspaper SPORT analysed the main difference in his form is purely down to him taking up the number 9 position at Arsenal.
The report states: ’Most dangerous as ‘9’: Alexis has exploited the best of his potential due to orders from a coach [Arsene Wenger] who has placed him as a centre forward, something that occurred rarely during his time at Barcelona.
’His effectiveness there is behind why his numbers have improved in England’
Although Sanchez has been utilised in many different positions for Arsenal, many do predict he will be tasked with helping Danny Welbeck provide the goals that will hopefully push Arsenal towards the top of the table.
At Barcelona, the Chilean attacker, as good as he is, would struggle to oust four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi from the central attacking role, so he should be thankful that he got a move to a side that have utilised him most effectively and built the side around him.
With seven Premier League goals already, Arsenal fans should be confident that Alexis Sanchez can score the goals that will ensure they are in the top four come the end of the season.
As for the attacker himself, if he can keep up his current standards and remain fit, he could look to challenge the likes of Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero as the league’s top goalscorer. As it stands, he is just three goals behind Sergio Aguero, who is in pole-position, and one behind Chelsea striker Diego Costa.