Arsenal summer signing Alexis Sanchez has been compared to Gunners legend Thierry Henry by French midfielder Mathieu Flamini, Mirror reports.
Sanchez arrived from Barcelona for £32million in the summer and has settled quickly, showcased by his brace in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.
And Flamini has hailed the impact of the Chilean attacker, who he thinks could emulate Gunners legend Thierry Henry if he continues on this trajectory.
“From what we have seen so far of him, he is right up there [with Henry and van Persie],” Flamini told reporters.
“He is proving it in every game he plays, not just with his goals but the way he works for the team.”
The former AC Milan man was also impressed with Sanchez’ defensive work-rate, something he didn’t expect from such an attack-minded player.
“[Alexis] is a breath of fresh air to play with. He gives so much for the team and not just in an attacking sense. I didn’t realise he works so hard off the ball. Not just creating space for others but helping out defensively. He is a top player and has already made a big difference.
“Normally a player with his talent and goals would be satisfied with that but he gives more with his work-rate. When you see someone like him working so hard, it sets an example for all of us to follow.”
The 25-year-old already has eight goals in 15 appearances for the Gunners this season.