Alexis Sanchez has scored 14 goals in his last 10 games for Manchester United — including five in his last four appearances — and his impact was such that fans have been missing him at their seats this season at Old Trafford.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, a current Sky Sports pundit, thinks it’s a mistake to read too much into this youngster’s prodigious form, but that it does suggest the kind of player he should be.
The Spaniard is a very instinctive player; his ball retention is excellent, and even at his critics will say he doesn’t take risks too often, but what makes him great is his timing.
“What strikes me, is not so much his goalscoring, but his timing of the first touches, the first passes,” Henry told Sky Sports. “It’s all kind of instinctive. That’s why people love him, to be honest.”
The 20-year-old has emerged as a bargain buy in the last few years, costing Monaco and the Gunners a combined £48 million. He has never gone without goals at any level, with the stats in the last nine games also suggesting a sense of goal-den domination.
Manchester United, both Sanchez and Jose Mourinho, are proving to be reluctant to sell, but he’s expected to leave at the end of the season. Arsenal don’t want to get caught by a rival European powerhouse, and with Champions League football this season, Europe can’t lose confidence Sanchez will be fast-tracked.
There’s no one in the world who can guarantee them Champions League football next season, and they have another eight league games to gain some momentum for the trip to Barcelona.