The sixth instalment of our ‘Premier League top-goalscorer candidates assessed’ series runs the rule over Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, 16/1 sixth-favourite in the betting.
Sanchez has arrived at Arsenal on the back of the most prolific season of his career, but how will he measure on news.bwin.com/en/’s scales of success-potential?
Read on to find out…
Premier League pedigree: About to embark upon his freshman year at the Premier League’s school of hard knocks, Sanchez impressed in the Community Shield.
It’s too early to assess his adaptation at this stage, but his direct, defender-compromising style of play is sure to bring plenty of chances his way in 2014/15.
Squad competition: The Chilean’s monster transfer fee should insulate him from the chill winds of squad rotation to some extent.
Nonetheless, with his two most natural positions on the right or centre of a forward three, he’ll be in competition with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, two of the Gunners’ more reliable procurers of goals.
Indeed the right had side of the trident is arguably the most fiercely contested spot in Arsene Wenger’s XI, as Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry all employed there at points last term to positive effect.
Team creativity: Mesut Ozil’s first season in north London was deemed to be a topsy turvy operation, yet the annals will bear witness to the fact that only David Silva averaged more scoring opportunities created per game last term.
Meanwhile, Giroud could prove a particularly handy foil for the former Barcelona man, with Rickie Lambert the only line-leading centre-forward in the division to top the Frenchman’s eight assists last term.
Fitness reliability: You’re not an Arsenal attacker unless you miss at least a month a season through some sort of ailment, pox or lurgie.
With this in mind Sanchez should be right at home at the Emirates, having missed at least six games during each of his Camp Nou campaigns.