Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez? The Chilean stepped up to the plate to slot cheekily past Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the dying seconds of their recent Premier League clash to keep pace in the title race. It looked like Arsene Wenger’s side had thrown away their one-goal lead when Andre Gray scored from the spot in the 93rd minute but 10-man Arsenal were handed a last-gasp lifeline after a foul on Laurent Koscielny.
Sanchez produced the deftest Panenka to fool Heaton in the Burnley goal and secure a vital three points as the Gunners climbed above north London rivals Tottenham into second place, just eight points behind leaders Chelsea. The Chile international has now bagged 15 goals this season – the joint most in the top flight alongside Diego Costa.
First thing’s first: Wenger MUST tie Sanchez down to a new contract before the end of the campaign. With just under 18 months left on his remaining deal, the Chilean could push for a move away from the Emirates Stadium if one of Europe’s elite clubs come knocking and Arsenal should get Sanchez to sign a new deal to guarantee a hefty transfer fee at the very least.
Some reports claim that the 28-year-old is more than happy to stay at the club whilst other news stories have suggested that he is unhappy with life in London. At the end of the day, one thing is for sure: Alexis Sanchez is a very talented footballer and the Gunners should do everything they can to keep him at the club. His goals, assists and general play are crucial to Arsenal’s free-flowing style of football.
Sanchez has now scored in each of Arsenal’s last three Premier League games – a decent run for any player. On paper, you’d have to label him one of the greatest in England’s top flight; he truly is world class. Whilst you could also include Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in that category, Sanchez is in a league of his own right now.
If Arsenal, valued at 6/1 to win the title in Betway’s Premier League odds, are to do just that and lift the English crown for the first time since 2004, Sanchez’s goals and impact in attack will be crucial. The Gunners are blessed with a plethora of attacking talent but Sanchez is neither profligate nor lazy in the final third. His energy and finishing ability stand him tall above the likes of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck and that is why Arsenal fans now almost expect the Chilean to produce the goods.
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Sanchez is in a position now where he can almost dictate his new contract and the Gunners should bow to his every request. If the Chilean star can maintain his current form for the next five years, Arsenal will almost certainly win the Premier League title – that’s how good he is. Right now, Sanchez in on track to win the top flight’s Player of the Year award and an English title could follow if Wenger’s men play their cards right.