Sanchez was a £35 million summer acquisition for Arsenal and has made an immediate impact during his short stint at the Emirates Stadium, scoring 13 times in his 19 appearances across all competitions.
He, once again, scored a decisive goal for the Gunners during the narrow midweek victory over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium and has been the club’s stand-out performer of the campaign by some distance.
But what about across the entire league? Well, Nicholas believes the Arsenal man has been superior to Fabregas, and Chelsea teammate Diego Costa, despite both players having propelled their club to the division’s summit.
“[Sanchez] just edges Cesc, mainly because of the goals but also because he’s playing for a team who are lacking in form and fluency at the moment,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
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“With Sanchez playing as well as he is after just four months and with Mesut Ozil to come back, I’m backing Arsenal to finish in the top three ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool.”
Fabregas, meanwhile, was unable to prevent Chelsea from succumbing to their first defeat of the season as Newcastle emerged triumphant at St James’ Park in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Papiss Cisse scored twice for the home side before Fabregas laid on an assist for Didier Drogba to set up a tense climax, but Newcastle were able to hold on with 10 men and clinch a famous three points.