Arsene Wenger thinks Alexis Sanchez is his greatest Arsenal signing since Thierry Henry following the Chilean winger's brilliant debut season in the Premier League.
The Gunners boss spoke glowingly about the former Barcelona man's contribution at the Emirates Stadium in 2014/15 and suggested that even at an eye-watering cost of £35 million has been an absolute bargain buy.
Sanchez has netted a mightily impressive 24 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions this term, and has been one of Wenger's most consistent performers over the course of the current campaign.
The fleet-footed forward has taken to English football like a duck to water, causing opposition defenders a torrid time and never giving them a moment's rest.
Sanchez's tireless running stems from his days playing in a high-pressing system under Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou, but he's been an example to some of his Arsenal team-mates who perhaps need to work that little bit harder.
Asked whether the South American is the best buy since Henry from Juventus way back in 1999, Wenger drew comparisons between the impact that Sanchez has made and what the Arsenal legend did during his early days in north London.
“Yes, he’s the closest maybe," he was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror in an interview with BeIN Sports. "He has similar movement and he’s a killer as well.
"He wants to always play and to always win. He’s highly focused and motivated."
The veteran French tactician discussed a number of different issues from the course of the current season on the Keys and Gray show, as well as outlining his desire to win the Premier League with the Gunners next season.
"The aspirations are the same as everybody: to fight to win the Premier League, to do well in the Champions League and to do well in the FA Cup," he explained. "That has not changed.
"We have been in two finals in the last two years in the FA Cup. I believe the regret of the season is our exit against Monaco but Monaco has the same regret against Juventus because they didn’t deserve to go out against Juventus.
"On our side we feel that we were guilty of wanting too much to make the difference in the first game."
With Sanchez among their ranks there's certainly a growing feeling that winning the domestic crown is a genuine possibility. But, the 26-year-old cannot do it on his own, so Arsenal will need to add one or two more key players to really put the pressure on Chelsea next term.
Gunners fans will be waiting to see how the summer transfer window unfolds and what acquisitions Wenger decides to make before getting their hopes up too much that 2016 could see their agonising wait for Premier League silverware to be over.
Arsenal fans: Do you agree that Alexis Sanchez has been Arsene Wenger's best signing since Thierry Henry? Or is it too early to draw comparisons between the Chilean and the club legend? Have your say below...
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