Ian Wright has said that Arsenal would be a mid-table club without Alexis Sanchez in the team.
The former Arsenal striker believes that the Chilean is the only member of their current squad performing to the maximum ability, and has questioned where they would be if manager Arsene Wenger did not decide to sign him over the summer.
Sanchez has wasted no time adjusting to English football, scoring 12 times in his 19 games for the Gunners since arriving from Barcelona in the summer, and he has clearly impressed Wright.
"If it wasn't for Sanchez, where would they be now?" the former Arsenal front-man told BBC Sport. "They are mid-table without Alexis Sanchez."
Arsenal supporters had gone into the season with great optimism that they could sustain a title challenge, but their expectations have already had to be adjusted.
It looks like the Gunners could struggle to even maintain their top-four spot, with a number of obvious weaknesses being highlighted.
Wenger's side have got off to their worst start for 32 years, winning just four times in their first 12 Premier League games, and they are looking a long way off the pace.
The lack of a defensive midfielder and any cover at centre-back has cost the side heavily and Wenger is coming under scrutiny, as a result.
There is a feeling that the Frenchman has taken the side as far as he can and the numbers calling for the experienced manager to lose his job are growing.
Sanchez is currently carrying the team and unless others up their games to similar levels, Arsenal's poor form looks set to continue.
The North London outfit currently occupy eighth spot in the table, and they will know a drastic improvement is needed in the upcoming weeks if they are to relieve the pressure building on them.