Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in Group D on Wednesday evening. Yaya Sanogo gave the North London outfit the lead just two minutes into the first period, before Alexis Sanchez made it 2-0 after the break with a superb low curling shot from 20 yards.
The Chilean is rapidly becoming the heart beat of this Arsenal team, and despite his heroics in previous weeks, few could accuse him of being fatigued. He gave a tireless performance against Jurgen Klopp's hard-working Dortmunders, emerging as many supporters' man-of-the-match.
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Sanchez's attacking statistics are outstanding. He recorded more shots, more dribbles and more successful headed duels than any of his team-mates. His pace and quick feet cause constant torment for the visitors, while his decision making, and consequent end product, is faultless.
Nonetheless, his passing proved a cause for concern. He completed just 56% of his 34 attempts to find a team-mate yesterday evening; a completion rate that sees him rank as Arsenal's least efficient outfield player - only Gunners goalkeeper Damian Martinez experienced less success in this area.
You have to question Barcelona's reasons behind selling Sanchez. If he can continue, or perhaps even improve on, his early form, he will undoubtedly go down in the Arsenal hall-of-fame. For just £30 million, and with 13 goals and three assists to his name already, the Chilean is quite possibly the club's best signing of the last decade.