Were it not for his blistering start to life in the Premier League, Arsenal would be some way off the top-four race pace, but now the goals have dried up for Alexis Sanchez.
The £35m signing from Barcelona dazzled and delighted in equal measure in the pre-Christmas months, but 2015 hasn’t been as kind.
He started the year with a goal on his FA Cup debut against Hull, then bagged a brace a week later as the Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win over Stoke.
Since then he has been unable to find the net, with eight Arsenal games taking place between now and then.
Injury forced him to miss two of them, while he began the 3-2 FA Cup fourth round win over Brighton on the bench, but his failure to bag against Monaco means he has now gone four straight games without hassling the scoreboard operator.
Still, this hasn’t stopped the odds gurus at bwin.com making him joint-favourite with Olivier Giroud to score at any point of the north Londoners’ next outing against Everton.
Both Chilean and Frenchman can be backed at 7/5 to notch at any point against the Toffees, a price that returns £42 profit if new customers stake their £30 sign up bonus for opening an account with the aforementioned firm on the outcome.
The woeful form of the Merseysiders means Sanchez will surely be afforded the opportunity to end his drought, but there’s value to be had backing one of Arsenal’s upcoming foes to be those who guide him back into the goals at longer odds.
It’s 5/2 that QPR leak a goal to the former Udinese star, 5/1 about West Ham, 11/1 for Newcastle, 14s for Liverpool and 20/1 about Burnley or any other opponent.
Assuming the diminutive forward fails to strike against the Toffees, it’s worth a punt on him registering his next Premier League goal at Loftus Road in the following game.
QPR have tended to allow the talisman of each of their foes this term sneak onto scoresheet this season, which could make them the perfect fodder to help Sanchez snap his lean streak.
Manchester City’s frontline hitman Sergio Aguero struck twice here in November, Wayne Rooney was on target in a 4-0 Manchester United demolition earlier in the piece.
When Graziano Pelle was Southampton’s most reliable source of goals he bagged against this adversary, then Sadio Mane did the same after the Italian handed the baton over to him.
Emmanuel Adebayor got one against the R’s when he was Tottenham’s first-choice line leader and Sanchez himself got the opener when Arsenal toppled Chris Ramsey’s team at the Emirates.