The statistic that suggests Alexis Sanchez could follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry
Alexis Sanchez arrived at Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer of 2014 with a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders. Signed for a fee of £31.7 million, the exciting winger was expected to revolutionise the Gunners’ lightweight attack, and it is fair to say, in the two seasons following his move, he has done just that.
Now into his third season at the club, the Chilean international looks set to have experience his greatest campaign yet. Having made a lightening start to the 2016/17 campaign, scoring four goals – more than any of his team-mates – while providing a further two assists, in just six appearances, he is already well on track to recording his best year in England.
Sanchez’s heroics in Arsenal’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday assisted the club in ending a nine match Premier League hoodoo against their London rivals. However, amid the exuberance caused by the Gunners’ outstanding display, an incredible personal record for the Chilean international went relatively unnoticed.
Making his 100th appearance for the club, Sanchez opened the scoring with his 47th goal as an Arsenal player. This means, with a strike rate of a goal every 2.1 matches, he has completed his maiden centennial for the Gunners with a goal record one shy of the iconic Thierry Henry, who found the back of the net on 48 occasions in his first 100 appearances.
Sanchez has already earned a place in the hearts of the Emirates faithful, and if he is able to continue at his current pace, he could one day be considered in the same light as the aforementioned Frenchman. Henry achieved legendary status at Arsenal thanks to his consistently excellent displays, and the stats suggest Sanchez could end his Gunners career having been just as effective.
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