Former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat labelled Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez a 'genius' while commentating on the Gunners’ FA Cup triumph over Hull City.
The Chilean international has been in sensational form since trading Barcelona for North London in the summer, contributing with goals and assists galore.
The former Udinese man has always been a talent, yet his success in the Premier League has even surprised his most ardent fans.
Sanchez's 16 goals and countless assists in all competitions this season have prompted some pundits to call Arsene Wenger’s side a one-man team - an expression which is becoming increasingly difficult to deride.
During the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Hull City, Sanchez could do little wrong and his on-field antics caused former Spurs boss Pleat to repeatedly sing his praises while commentating on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Here are the best snippets:
“Arsenal are breaking very quickly. Alexis Sanchez is so clever - he needs two markers against him."
“Hull have passing players but there is no one with any electricity or cleverness to beat his man. Arsenal have two - Cazorla and Sanchez.”
"Alexis Sanchez is a big influence. He is a very dangerous player and makes things happen."
“When he gets the ball Alexis Sanchez is a real genius."
"Arsenal were never complacent but they were always comfortable. Hull just didn't have enough in midfield. It was Alexis Sanchez who was the spark and often the difference.”
Considering the 26-year-old isn’t a natural striker, his goal scoring form this season has been phenomenal and at this rate he looks a shoe-in for the PFA Player of the Year award.
However, if the Gunners wish to avoid a potential Robin van Persie type scenario with Sanchez, Champions League qualification is a must and progression at the club needs to be evident.