Former Chilean international Carlos Caszely has likened Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez’s impact to renowned football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The 25-year-old attacker has been superb since trading the Nou Camp for North London in the summer, scoring nine Premier League goals in 13 matches.
His effect on the team has been evident, and in the absence of fellow player Mesut Ozil he has taken the mantle of the team’s most important player – winning the Player of the Month award three consecutive times.
Would the Gunners be the same player without their talisman? While many consider the team as the main contributor to success, Arsene Wenger’s men have all of a sudden become very dependent on Sanchez.
Yet, this isn’t necessarily uncommon as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have in recent years stood head and shoulders above their teammates at Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
Former Chile hero Carlos Caszely believes Sanchez’s excellent form is because he, similar to Messi and Ronaldo, is now the focal point of the team and advised the Chilean national team to follow suit.
“I think differently to the coaches here [Chile national team] who say it is the team which is winning. You can see when Ronaldo is not in Real Madrid the team is not the same, likewise with Messi at Barcelona,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“Alexis Sánchez is today delivering his full potential which he could not deliver in Barcelona, because there they all play for Messi. Alexis was never a top scorer, but he is scoring goals. He makes good passes, recovers the ball and runs for the team. He is exploding.”
Sanchez scored 47 goals in 141 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, an average of one goal every three matches which is much lower than his current goal scoring form at the Emirates.
He has scored in seven Premier League matches this season, with three draws and two victories coming as a direct result from his goals.