Arsene Wenger has just left every other team in the Premier League shaking in their football boots after suggesting Alexis Sanchez can get even better.
The Chile star scored twice and assisted another as Arsenal eased past Stoke City with a 3-0 victory. Sanchez's stunning solo effort for his first goal came shortly after he had set Laurent Koscielny up for the opener. He capped off the man of the match performance with a second half strike from a free-kick.
Since signing from Barcelona in the summer for £32 million, the 26-year-old has scored 18 goals in all competitions and assisted nine. Having been involved in 19 Premier League goals, he is currently the most effective player in England's top division.
"The better the team plays, the more he is involved in the game"
Improving on perfection
Despite his incredible form, Wenger has suggested Sanchez can get even better, possibly moving up to the level that Luis Suarez reached at Liverpool before his summer move to Barcelona. With a crucial run of games approaching, the Arsenal boss has no doubt how important Sanchez will be.
"The better the team plays, the more he is involved in the game,'' Wenger told reporters. "We had a very offensive team today and Sanchez is confident. We can be direct with him, you can run at people a bit more, so there is a good combination offensively.
"You can move the ball well when you have so many technical players on the pitch. It is an advantage for us."
Signing of the summer
Few players have been as effective in their first season in the Premier League as Alexis Sanchez has. In fact, he is just six goals away from matching Ian Wright's total from his debut season and seven away from Thierry Henry's. Both currently sit in Arsenal's history books as second and first on Arsenal's all-time scorers list - a good omen.
Joe Baker currently holds the record for most goals in his debut season with 31, set in the 1962/63 season, leaving Sanchez just 13 goals short of equalling the historic record.
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