After his goal against Southampton on Wednesday, Alexis Sánchez has now netted 20 league goals for Arsenal this season.
Not only does this mean the Chilean forward has joined a select few within the club’s history to have managed the impressive feat, but it keeps him within touching distance of his opposition rivals with the Golden Boot award in sight.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has scored 24 goals this term and is currently leading the goalscoring charts. Tottenham striker Harry Kane has netted 21 and is in second place, whilst Diego Costa is also on 20 goals just like Alexis – having played 51 minutes fewer than Arsenal’s talisman this season.
Alexis’ minute per goal ratio is one of the highest within the league’s top eight goalscorers. Only Tottenham creative midfielder Dele Alli (164) and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard (184) have scored less frequently on average this term, though he has also been involved in more goals than any other player with regards to overall contribution (29, including assists).
It’ll be interesting to see whether the 28-year-old can catch Lukaku and with three matches remaining, it’s entirely possible.
Arsenal’s final three league fixtures are as follows:
– Stoke, this Saturday with a 5.30pm kick-off
– Sunderland next week Tuesday, 7.45pm KO
– Everton on the final day (May 21), 3pm KO
It’s not an easy run-in but they are all winnable fixtures and Alexis will be keen to get involved in the goals department once again as he attempts to silence his critics and win his first individual seasonal award since leaving Barcelona in 2014.
Everton have played a match more than players Alexis is competing with, so Lukaku will not have it all his own way on this occasion.
Kane’s remaining fixtures:
– Manchester United, Leicester and Hull City
Costa’s league matches:
– West Brom, Watford and Sunderland