Alexis Sanchez has become an instantaneous cult hero since his arrival at Arsenal in the summer. The Chilean international's combatative, never-say-die playing style has seen him take to English football like a duck to water.
He has quickly established himself as part of the fabric at the Emirates and, throughout the opening weeks of the season, he has shown a clear passion towards the club and its fans.
Having been ostracised in his final few months as a Barcelona player, his burning desire to succeed week in, week out in a Gunners shirt is clear to see.
Sanchez's performances this term have been mesmerising at times, and again, he came close to deciding the outcome of proceedings as Arsenal travelled to Swansea on Sunday afternoon - scoring his eighth league goal for the club.
He experienced a quiet afternoon against the Welsh outfit, yet proved effective when called upon. Welbeck did much of the hard work for his goal, but Sanchez showed intelligence to find himself open in the penalty area, before dispatching the most clinical of finishes.
The Chilean has now scored 12 goals in 14 games since his arrival in North London, having converted his only shooting opportunity against the Swans.
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While he was often on the periphery of the game, he oozed class when involved. In his attempts to take a stranglehold on the match, he completed one dribble and fashioned three key passes for his team-mates.
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Nonetheless, his passing will have disappointed, as he completed just 70.7% of his 41 attempts to find a team-mate - the worst of any Arsenal outfield player. Meanwhile, he proved accurate with just one of his seven crosses.
It was another good performance from Wenger's £35 million summer signing, but unfortunately his well-taken goal counted for nothing as Arsenal’s defence frailties surfaced once again.