The Chilean international attacker has been in superb form since trading Barcelona for North London in the summer, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further seven in 19 Premier League fixtures.
Bringing in a player of his ability has proven to be a masterstroke by boss Arsene Wenger, but questions now remain whether the Gunners are too dependent on the former Udinese man.
This season, in spite of Sanchez’s best efforts, the Emirates outfit are seemingly gone backwards in comparison to the previous campaign and are in danger of missing out on a top four spot.
In most people’s eyes, the Gunners’ top scorer must be a shoe-in for the Premier League Player of the Year award but Paul Merson feels without titles he shouldn’t be awarded such an honour.
“You have to be a special player to carry a big team like Arsenal – and that’s exactly what Alexis Sanchez is. But I wouldn’t have him in the running for player of the year because my old club are so disappointing,” he told the Daily Star.
“They’re not even in the top four and they go to Manchester City tomorrow knowing they are already well out of the title race.”
“Another goal from him would certainly have more people talking about him as a possible player-of-the-year candidate.”
“But I’m a big believer that awards like that should go to people who win trophies, because that’s the hardest thing to do in football.”