Alexis Sanchez has excelled for Arsenal this season, thriving in a central striking role, and his importance for the Gunners has been vital.
Arsene Wenger’s side may seem to lack the cutting edge required to win the Premier League title but Alexis has ensured they have remained competitiveness this season and they’ll need the Chilean at his finest if they are to overcome Bayern Munich next month.
Whilst it’s Alexis’ goals and assists that have caught the headlines this season, the mayhem he has caused for defenders inside the penalty box has been revealed by one exceptional statistic.
Most passes completed inside the area in the Premier League this season:
Alexis Sánchez (33)
David Silva (30)
Sadio Mané (29)
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 10, 2017
Completing 33 passes inside the area in the Premier League this season, putting him narrowly ahead of David Silva and Sadio Mane, Alexis is quite a handful and cannot be given time or space on the ball.
With Olivier Giroud now excelling back up front, Alexis has had to return to a left-wing berth, which has lessened his impact with goals, but he’s still managed to find the net.