Eden Hazard was named the PFA's Premier League Player of Year a few weeks ago after helping to guide Chelsea to the Premier League title. But did he deserve this award?
Arsenal may have finished third in the Premier League, two places behind Chelsea and won the FA Cup like they did last year but Sanchez was the catalyst for all of this.
Arsenal were tipped to even finish outside the top four by many pundits, behind Liverpool and Manchester United and for a time this could have happened.
Nevertheless things changed around due to one man, Sanchez. Before Christmas Arsenal were winning games despite their form being very inconsistent. Sanchez was the only consistent player during that time and often carried his team mates in games.
Furthermore Sanchez work rate has brushed off on his teammates and we now see the likes of Aaron Ramsey doing more defensively.
Alexis Sanchez deserved the award
Sanchez scored sixteen goals and racked up eight assists in a stellar first season in the Premier League. Hazard who won the award, took three seasons to get a similar total, the Belgian winger notched fourteen goals and nine assists this season.
The difference is that Sanchez was playing alongside lesser players than Hazard and so his statistics hold more value.
Sanchez has been a joy to watch and has already repaid the large sum Arsenal paid for him. The Chilean has carried Arsenal at times and was by far the player of the season in his first year in England. Alexis Sanchez should have been named Player of the Year.