Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez had a day to remember as he wrote his name in the history books due to his contributions during his side’s 4-0 FA Cup triumph over Aston Villa.
The Chilean international joined the Gunners last summer, trading La Liga champions Barcelona for North London in a highly-publicised deal which certainly captured the imagination.
His debut campaign in England has been a big success for Sanchez, starting with his fine Premier League form and ending with an FA Cup success in front of an astounded Wembley crowd.
His crowning moment came in the second half, chasing down a lost cause before cutting inside a firing a 25-yard rocket which flew past Shay Given and kissed the crossbar on its way in.
It was Sanchez’s 25th goal of the season in all competitions, and as per Opta the 36th he has been directly involved in – the best since Robin van Persie’s 46 during the 2011-12 campaign.
36 - Alexis Sánchez has been involved in 36 goals this season for Arsenal (all comps), a club-high since Van Persie in 2011/12 (46). Class.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) Mayo 30, 2015
Given that the former Udinese man isn’t predominantly a striker, it’s an unbelievable feat and as good as you will find certainly this side of the Millennium.
Moreover, Sanchez wrote himself into the history books by becoming only the second Chilean player to score in an FA Cup final, 63 years after George Robledo netted for Newcastle United in 1952.
It was a just reward for the 26-year-old’s efforts this season, and the Gunners will be hoping for a similar output next season as they look to take the next step and challenge for the Premier League title.