Wenger on why Sanchez will run Hazard close for Player of the Year

The Arsenal boss felt former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez has had a season comparable to Chelsea's talisman Eden Hazard.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reminded everybody of the merits of his impressive summer signing Alexis Sanchez, in his press interview ahead of the club's meeting with Chelsea this weekend.

The attacking midfielder is up against many people's favourite for the PFA Player of the Year award in Eden Hazard, but Wenger outlined a key reason why Sanchez should be up there with the frontrunners

“Alexis had a big impact and let’s not forget that for Hazard it is not the first season but for Alexis it is,” the Frenchman is quoted as saying on the club website.

“He will give him a fight and if Alexis doesn’t make it this year, he will give him a fight as well for next season."

Wenger's view of Sanchez is a relevant one, despite it being the Chilean's first season in the Premier League he has outscored the Chelsea talisman.

The former Barcelona forward has an outstanding 22 goals in all competitions, as well as 11 assists, all coming in 45 games. That leaves Sanchez just under scoring one every couple of games.

Hazard has 18 goals to his name and 14 assists, though things are a lot closer in the goalscoring stakes in the league, where the Arsenal man has just one more goal than the Belgian with 14 strikes.

Something that is worth considering though is that Sanchez has played nearly 400 minutes less than Hazard, while a third of the Blues star's goals have come from the penalty spot (6). In comparison, all of Sanchez's efforts have come from open play except a free kick against Stoke.

With Sanchez still just 26, it's scary to think that he could be even better next season, and maybe Wenger is right, the Chile international could yet walk home with the best player prize at the ceremony this Sunday.

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