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Arsenal star on course to soar beyond Thierry Henry’s status

| 05.01.2015

There can be few players ahead of Alexis Sanchez’s name on the list of best signings this season, with the former Barcelona forward helping himself to 16 goals in all competitions for Arsenal since joining in the summer and earning rave reviews each time he takes to the field.

His latest awe-inspiring display came in the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Hull in the FA Cup, a competition the north Londoners are 7/1 to retain, and led to Arsene Wenger revealing that the diminutive Chilean has shown no sign of fatigue in club tests over the Christmas period, despite playing in every minute of the jam-packed schedule.

To have such a transfer hit on his hands is rare for Wenger these days, having often been chided for his forays (or lack of them) into the market.

Such unbridled successes, especially in the striking department, have been so few and far between for the Frenchman that it wouldn’t be a complete stretch to suggest Sanchez has been Wenger’s best buy since Thierry Henry, way back in 1999.

In fact, Sanchez’s start to Arsenal life has been rosier than Henry’s, who ended his debut campaign at Highbury with 17 league goals and 26 in all competitions.

However, the future Barcelona goal-getter endured a slow start to his career in England, only netting 10 times in his opening 29 appearances for the club (the same number Sanchez currently has under his red-tinged belt).

Dealing with the Premier League exclusively, Sanchez has so far scored 10 times in 19 outings. Henry took 26 games to reach that many in 1999/00 season.

By the end of the term though, the iconic Frenchman had firmly established himself in the bosom of the Gunners faithful and went on to make history for the club.

Should Sanchez continue at his current standard, he could well eclipse the famous number 14’s achievements at the Emirates.

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Matt Wiggins

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