Thierry Henry has suggested that Arsene Wenger has finally found his long-term successor in Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile international has hit the ground running after arriving at the Emirates Stadium this summer. Sanchez cost Arsenal a staggering £32 million to sign from Barcelona, but so far that has proved a worthy price to pay.
Sanchez has scored 12 goals in his first 20 Premier League games this season and has been directly involved in more goals (19) than any other player. His latest performance against Stoke City saw his set up the opening goal with a good cross before scoring two more in a 3-0 victory.
His style of play and goal scoring form is already starting to draw comparisons to Henry, who holds Arsenal's all-time scoring record with 228-goals. Now the man himself has suggested Sanchez could challenge his tally.
"Arsenal were looking for a player to deliver on a daily basis and they have found one. He is brilliant. He can read the game incredibly, as you saw with the goal on Sunday, and his work-rate is fantastic," Henry is quoted by ESPN as saying.
"He scores goals and doesn't need a lot of opportunities to put the ball in the net. That is very important. He is a very, very good player and you know that if he is on tune, then Arsenal have a lot of chances to win the game."
Signing of the decade
Wenger was able to sign Sanchez having guided Arsenal through a tough period of financial restriction. Now the Gunners have the money to make marquee signings, starting with Mesut Ozil in 2014. But Henry ignored the record signing from Real Madrid when asked how good a signing Sanchez has been.
While suggesting that Sanchez has been the best signing of the decade, he also suggested that he is the player Arsenal have been looking for ever since he left for Barcelona.
He continued: "I am trying to think if there has been a better signing in the last five or six years. It is still early days but so far it is very good. He is doing extremely well. He is going to score goals but it is his all-round game that I am so impressed with. That has no price.
"Arsenal fans have been waiting to have a player like that. Finally they have one. He struggled at the beginning, like everybody, but when he got into a rhythm, you can see the quality. We should all be happy with him. He is going to be a great player for many years."