Were it not for Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal could well be embroiled in the relegation skirmish and the Chilean’s latest brace has moved him to within three goals of the scoring-chart summit.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero leads the way with ten, while it’s another South American-born striker, Diego Costa, in second.
The Chelsea marksman has nine to his name, two more than Sanchez and West Brom’s Saido Berahino.
A brief peek at the Golden Boot betting stakes, however, suggests the gap between the former Barcelona man and the top of the tree is far greater.
Argentinean sharpshooter Aguero is 5/4 favourite, marginally ahead of 7/4 shout Costa.
Sanchez finds himself a way back at 14/1.
Despite this far-from-favourable rating, it’s a price punters need to embrace, with the £35m man’s stature swelling with every week he becomes better acquainted with the Premier League.
His rapid rise to prominence is underlined by the contrast in his present day performances to the abject effort he put in at Everton on just his second league outing of the season.
Since that Goodison Park game to forget, there have only been three games that Sanchez has started in which his name hasn’t been etched onto the scoresheet.
The 25-year-old is thriving in the makeshift number ten role he’s been tasked to fulfil in the absence of Arsenal’s regular playmakers.
Yet when the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and target man Olivier Giroud regain optimum fitness, Sanchez is sure to be furnished with even more chances to find the net.
There are definite question marks hanging over the heads of the market leaders too.
Top scorer Aguero can’t be relied upon to remain injury free for long enough periods to sustain his mantle, while the sellotaped hamstrings that keep Costa mobile are becoming the stuff of legend amongst medical professionals.
There’s a greater need for both to be rotated and rested, while Sanchez, who Arsenal can’t afford to omit from the team at present, established himself as a 30-games-a-season player during stints at Barcelona and Udinese.