Alexis Sanchez scored his first hat-trick for Arsenal in the weekend fixture against in-form Leicester City, as the Gunners won the game a resounding 5-2 at the King Power Stadium.
That ended his six-match goalless drought in the Premier League and helped Arsenal to an excellent away win which has left his side currently 4th in the table, three points behind leaders Manchester United.
A SUPERB DISPLAY
Arsenal were back to their best against Leicester and with Theo Walcott up top creating continuous problems with his pace and movement, this gave Sanchez more space to cause havoc.
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If Sanchez is given too much room he will punish any opponent. He has great vision and football intelligence allowing him to have the awareness to pick out teammates and create for his side. He has the hunger to score goals too and showed his clinical finishing in this game.
He has the ability to score different types of goals and he illustrated this against Leicester. His first goal was a simple tap-in at the back post, his second, a brave header after a good one-two with Mesut Ozil, and his third, the pick of the bunch, a beautiful strike from the edge of the box.
Sanchez is one of those players a manager adores. He has the star quality to win games on his own but is a great character and role model to the younger players too. He works tirelessly for his side and even when he doesn’t perform to his best, still shows that determination and fight to help his team.
He is similar to Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in the aspect that he will never give the defenders a second on the ball and pressurises them into making mistakes in the hope that he can pick their pocket and get his team back on the attack.
He has learnt his trade well at Barcelona and suits the way Arsenal play. There’s no such thing as a lost cause to him either and he will always give 110% for his side.
He has similarities to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo too. He has the pace, trickery and finishing ability of Ronaldo and has the vision, close control and dribbling qualities of Messi which makes him almost unplayable at times.
Sanchez has had a quieter start to the season but shown glimpses of his quality and it all came together at the King Power Stadium.
His slow start is surely down to the Copa America, which meant he had less of a break away from the game. His national side, Chile won the tournament against Argentina and he played a vital role in their success. He’s just looked a bit fatigued, maybe not so much physically because he’s a fit athlete but mentally more so.
GREAT DEBUT SEASON
Last season Sanchez was exceptional and could have easily been awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the season award. He fired Arsenal to a top-four finish and was instrumental in their FA Cup final victory against Aston Villa. He managed to score twenty-five goals in all competitions last season which is an excellent return for a winger.
With three goals under his belt already this season he will hope he can build on this and the target will no doubt be, to emulate the 25 of the 2014/15 campaign.
Arsenal showed how good they can be against Leicester and if they can beat Manchester United in their next league fixture at the Emirates, the Gunners will be in a very good position.
This will be a great test for Arsene Wenger’s side, as United are currently top of the league and on a very good run of form. If Arsenal are to win this match, Sanchez must be at his best and they have to improve defensively as Leicester had far too many opportunities to score. If United are presented with the chances Leicester were given, they will punish Arsenal and take all three points.
Arsenal must accept United will have the lion’s share of possession and must use this to their advantage. The Gunners are lethal on the counter-attack and if they use this style of play against the Red Devils they will have a very good chancing of winning the game.
To say this early that this game is a title decider would be a bit premature, but with Man City losing their last two league matches and Chelsea starting the season terribly, who knows, it may be.
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