Alexis Sanchez was exactly the type of signing that Arsenal needed. The Chile winger is pacey, direct and decisive in the final third and his winning mentality has rubbed off on the entire Gunners squad.
Sanchez arrived at the Emirates from Barcelona last summer and made an immediate impact at his new club, firing them to FA Cup glory for the second consecutive year and a solid third-place finish in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old struck 25 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign to establish himself as Arsenal’s key player.
His stunning strike in the FA Cup final all-but sealed the victory against an Aston Villa side who did not have an answer to the Gunners’ free-flowing football.
Despite all of his success in his first season in England, Sanchez’s departure was not felt back in Barcelona as the Spanish giants secured an historic second treble in the space of a decade, the first club ever to win two trebles.
Their La Liga success was followed by Copa Del Rey glory and a Champions League victory in which Sanchez’s replacement, Luis Suarez, scored the goal which regained the lead for the Catalan club after Juventus had drawn level.
Sanchez is a born winner and is not happy about Arsenal’s failure to reach the latter stages of the Champions League or win the Premier League title this season.
He told the London Evening Standard, “It was an OK season but it was bitter sweet. I would have liked to have been in the Champions League final, to have won the Premier League title.
“I believe that we have a bunch of skilful players so to not have achieved more is disappointing. Yes, we played the FA Cup final and won but I was sad to not have been in the Champions League final or to have won the Premier League.”