Alexis Sanchez season review

The 2016/17 season has been Alexis Sanchez’s stand-out campaign.

While Arsenal fans were prepared for the Chilean to impress us after signing him from Barcelona in 2014, not many predicted the player Alexis would turn into in such a short space of time.

Alexis was only sidelined for a total of five days this season and he missed no games through injury, just four (EFL Cup and FA Cup) when he was rested against the non-league teams.

Therefore, despite winning his second Copa America with Chile over the summer, the 28-year-old bounced straight back to north London and played 90 minutes against Liverpool at the Emirates on the opening day of the season.

That was 90 of what would become 4,229 minutes of football in one season over 51 games.

His first goal of the season came against Watford and it set the standard with Alexis practically past the goalline when he looped the ball round into the net.

This was the first of what would turn into 30 goals over the course of the season – the first time a Gunner has done this since Robin van Persie in his final season in north London.

Alexis also assisted 19, which meant that he had a hand in 49 goals in 51 appearances.

The longest the forward went in the league without scoring was three games. Other than that, he pulled it out the bag consistently, even when he wasn’t playing well.

He created the second most chances in the league (78) behind Mesut Ozil (98).

Saying this, while goal stats were more or less always on his Alexis’s side, others weren’t.

For example, the Chile international had 49 shots in the league, 36 of which were OFF target. Also, his pass accuracy wasn’t the best at just 73%, which did begin to improve by the end of the season.

Alexis also needs to work on his defensive accuracy. Although he’s not a defender, he’s only 39% successful when going into tackles and 19% successful when attempting headers.

He also made three defensive errors which all led to an attempt on goal – the most out of anyone in the squad along with Nacho Monreal – and had a habit of holding onto the ball too longer, being selfish, and stropping when something didn’t go his way.

However, despite not being perfect, Alexis was head and shoulders above not just a lot of players in the Arsenal team but the Premier League as a whole.

Hopefully, we get to witness him iron out those kinks next season in an Arsenal shirt.