Whilst the rest of Arsene Wenger’s team have flattered to deceive, Sanchez has been an incredible presence in the Premier League, scoring eight goals in 10 games, and being the only reason the North Londoners are still in the top half of the table. He has adapted to English football remarkably quickly, and he could well turn out to be one of the signings of the season should he continue his impressive form throughout the duration of the season.
Despite his influence at the Emirates Stadium, one man who has been negatively affected by the 25-year-old’s arrival is Podolski, who has yet to start a Premier League or Champions League game this season, and has failed to register 90 minutes of action under his belt across seven substitute appearances. Danny Welbeck has been handed the starting striker role ahead of the 29-year-old, and his second-most effective position - attacking midfield - has often been filled by Chilean international Sanchez.
Despite his outcasting from the Gunners squad, Podolski - who could be leaving the club in January due to his lack of playing time - had nothing but praise for Sanchez, calling him the ‘difference maker’ in Arsenal’s season.
Speaking to the Guardian, Podolski said: “He is battling in every game and running a lot and he is making the difference at the moment at Arsenal.”
Having been signed from Barcelona, who acquired his services from Italian club Udinese, the forward has adapted remarkably well to the style of play in the Premier League, something that not all foreign players can do weeks after their arrival in England. However, Podolski believes that Sanchez is well suited to the top tier of English football, being a physical player who can excel in the frenetic pace of the Premier League.
“The Premier League is good for him,” the German forward added. “He is a physical player. He is fast and powerful and the Premier League suits him.”