Arsenal have had a poor start to the season. They have won only three games in nine with their victory against a very bad Sunderland side. One stand out performer though has been £35 million signing Alexis Sanchez, who scored both of Arsenal’s goals against Sunderland. Sanchez cost a fortune and might have hoped to help propel Arsenal to the title (which seems unlikely now). Sanchez is fast emerging as a crucial cog in this Arsenal side.
His importance is in part down to his goal scoring ability. Arsenal, for a side famed for their attacking play, actually don’t score many goals. Last season they scored less than Chelsea, who had ‘no real strikers.’ Sanchez is their top scorer with five goals in eight games. Danny Welbeck was signed to fire the goals in but has only scored twice in six Premier League games. Sanchez is on another level. Both of his goals were absolute gifts against Sunderland but he still has to put them away. The first goal showed his sharpness and the finish was very neat.
Without Sanchez in the side it’s easy to ask where will the goals come from? Welbeck isn’t clinical. He’s had 3.3 shots per game (more than Sanchez) yet has only scored the two goals as stated. Sanchez has settled pretty quickly and scored as well as assisting the equalizier versus Hull last week. He’s easily their most influential attacking player and without him in the side the attacking threat is reduced drastically. Sanchez has settled really well into English football and one could assume he will only get better once he settles further.
Right now Welbeck needs to score more goals, especially in the tougher games. Sanchez is easily the best attacking player and Arsenal’s biggest threat. Keeping him fit is crucial to Arsenal’s ambitions this season and their bid for a top four finish (a title challenge is probably a bit beyond them).