Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is the penultimate player to have his Premier League top goalscorer credentials scrutinised under news.bwin.com microscope.
The Chilean’s debut season in English football was a splendid one that brought 16 top-tier goals and it stands to reason with a year under his belt, he’ll do even better this time around, but claiming the Golden Boot looks beyond his capabilities at this stage.
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Sanchez’s teething period lasted just a few matches before his rocket-boosted rise to first name on the Arsenal team sheet, but history suggests the 26-year-old will struggle to match his haul of the previous season, let alone best it.
The Copa America winner’s best league return came in his final season at Barcelona, where he struck 19 times.
It’s an admirable effort, but nowhere near high enough a watermark to fend off competition from sharpshooters of Sergio Aguero’s calibre.
The Gunners’ roster brims with quality to make even the most lavishly backed gaffer enviably grimace, but Sanchez remains the main man.
His supremacy has already accounted for the demise of Lukas Podolski in north London, while consistency and class will see him selected ahead of high-calibre reserves Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal boasted the most frequent provider of key passes in the Premier League in Mesut Ozil, who averaged 3.1 every time he took to the field.
Such service is sure to yield ample chances for the frontmen, but Sanchez (who had the fifth-highest average in the division last term) isn’t the poaching type whose sole interest is putting the ball in the net.
As eager to create as he is to score goals, the Chile forward is the only member of the six leading contenders in the Golden Boot melee who will start more games on the flanks than as an orthodox striker, almost certainly scuppering his top-scoring aspirations.
Sanchez seems to possess a superhuman fatigue-defying ability that means he rarely needs to be rested.
The 52 all-competitions appearances he made last time around was the second highest return of his career and it has since been revealed he may feature in Arsenal’s first league game of the season against West Ham, despite only starting his pre-season training on Monday.