Has there ever been a player to settle in the Premier League and at Arsenal as quickly as Alexis Sanchez?
Alexis has taken to English football like a duck to water to make every Gooner across the land go weak at the knees at the mere mention of his name.
His record so far this season in all competitions is an impressive 15 goals and eight assists in 26 games, which is better than one time signing of the season/decade Diego Costa who has contributed 14 goals and one assist in his 26 appearances.
Sanchez is well on course to beat Arsenal legends such as Thierry Henry (26 goals), Dennis Bergkamp (16) and Ian Wright (26) for the most goals in a debut season at the club, which is impressive as the majority of his goals have come when playing as a winger or behind the striker.
Also factor in that, if we’re being kind, we’ve been far from our creative best this season then it makes his tally even more remarkable.
Injuries permitting, and this is Arsenal so an injury is always just round the corner, no one would be surprised to see him double his tally in the second part of the season.
It’s not just his ability to find the net that has got him getting cosy in our hearts and threatening to put his feet up alongside the King and the Iceman, it’s his work rate. The man is a terrier, no defender is able to feel comfortable for more than a couple of seconds and no ball is a lost cause.
Everything is an opportunity.
With many players now coming back from injury or a needless suspension, we’ll shortly have the prospect of a front four of Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud (or Danny Welbeck or, if I’m dreaming, Edinson Cavani?).
Sanchez will be a big part of one of the most feared front lines in Europe and I for one can’t wait to see how Alexis will continue to thrive.