Thierry Henry sounds like he recognises Arsenal have finally found a new icon, according to an interview in The Independent.
The former French international was at The Emirates to watch his former club beat Stoke City 3-0 at the weekend, and Sanchez net his 12th Premier League goal of the season.
The Chilean was signed by Arsenal for a fee the BBC reported at £35 million in the summer, and Sanchez is already making it look like a bargain, with an unrelenting series of match-winning performances.
“I am trying to think if there has been a better signing in the last five or six years. Arsenal were looking for a player who could deliver on a daily basis and they have found one.
“He sees the game brilliantly as you saw on Sunday. He doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to put the ball in the net and that is very important. He is always going to score goals but it is his all-round game I am impressed with. That has no price. I, like any Arsenal fan, was waiting to have a player like him. Finally, we have one."
Henry is Arsenal's record goalscorer, and is so appreciated that he has not even turned 40, yet has his own statue outside the ground.
Ever since he left in 2007, Arsenal have lacked a player able to reach the same awe-inspiring levels he did, not perhaps in terms of goalscoring, the but combined ability to create, inspire and lead the team, and get the crowd on the edge of their seats, as well as finding the net.
Sanchez is already a strong candidate to win the Player of the Season awards, and this weekend's fixture away to Manchester City is the kind of game he needs to step up in to back up the accolades he is receiving.