5 take-ons, 2 key passes: Alexis Sanchez regaining his form ahead of key period

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was impressive against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez had a good game during the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace as he bids to regain his startling form.

The Chilean international has been arguably the Premier League’s best signing this season, arriving from La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer.

His top form has seen him score 12 goals and add a further seven assists in 23 Premier League matches, but a recent injury halted his impressive run somewhat.

Since the victory over Manchester City four weeks ago, Sanchez has only featured sparingly and was absent for the Gunners’ North London derby defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

However, he appears to have recovered from his minor injury set-back and his performance at Selhurst Park on Saturday was in parts reminiscent of his immense form at the turn of the year.

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsWas FouledTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Alexis Sánchez 2 2 5 4 63 25 6 89

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 26-year-old was heavily involved throughout as he provided Arsene Wenger’s men with an attacking edge in an otherwise tight encounter.

Going forward, the former Udinese ace took two shots, created two chances via key passes and completed five take-ons which caused the Palace defenders to stop him in his tracks with fouls.

In possession, Sanchez was often picked out by his teammates but only completed 73.5% of his intended passes – perhaps he's still not quite 100% match fit mentally more than anything.

Still, he worked hard for the team and provided pressure out of possession, illustrated by his six ball recoveries which was more than his team’s average.

Sanchez's return to full fitness coincides with a key period in the Emirates outfit’s season as a Champions League knockout tie against Monaco awaits while the race for a top four spot begins to hot up.

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