Alexis Sanchez was back to his world class best during Arsenal’s 3-0 win against West Ham on Wednesday night.
The Chilean hasn’t been up to his usual standard for a couple of months and while we can spend all day speculating why that might be, against the Hammers, he was back to his usual self.
Although he didn’t score or assist himself, he was directly responsible in the build-up for Theo Walcott’s goal, the second of the evening, which allowed Gooners to breathe a little easier.
The forward had three shots (2 on target, 1 blocked) and completed 43/53 passes overall, 21/30 of these were in the final third – the third highest behind Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka. He also created three chances in crucial areas and completed 2/3 dribbles he attempted.
Alexis won 2/5 take-ons, two ball recoveries and one tackle but he could use some work on his aerial threat. He failed to win both headers he went for, which is hardly shocking considering he only has a 19% success rate when it comes to aerial duels; he’s hardly Peter Crouch.
It was encouraging to see the 28-year-old playing looking relaxed and back in his element against West Ham. Just like he did at the beginning of the season. Whether this is any sort of indicator that the dressing room is a little calmer or that the various issues that have been surrounding the club recently have begun to settle, who knows? As long as it stays this way.
Stats via FourFourTwo’s Statszone, Squawka & Who Scored.