Arsene Wenger has hailed Alexis Sanchez as a ‘special player’ after the Chilean became the first player this season to reach double figures for both goals and assists.
The striker scored his 21st Premier League goal of the campaign and registered his 10th assist during the 4-1 win against Stoke taking his total tally over three seasons to 50 goals and 22 assists in 101 appearances.
Reflecting on the achievement in the build-up to Tuesday’s clash with Sunderland at the Emirates, a match Alexis could miss after receiving a kick to his thigh on Saturday, the boss played up how much the £35 million signing from Barcelona has improved.
“I think overall at the start he was a player mainly focused on scoring goals. He developed his assist potential very well with us.
“He plays now in a position where he can provide as well and score. I believe he has become a complete player and developed very well at Arsenal Football Club.
“Of course, it’s an exceptional achievement. To score in double figures and to provide in double figures is really to be a special player.”
Of course, this ‘special player’ hasn’t yet committed his long-term future to Arsenal so all eyes will be on the contract negotiations that take place this summer. Should they reach an impasse the club will have a very difficult decision to make over whether or not to cash in on Alexis…