In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that had many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
Alexis Sanchez has recently been ruled out for up to three months after he dislocated his ankle on international duty (via Daily Mail). Indeed, his injury is just one of a number of issues he’s faced in the last few years that has been a stunning fall from grace from his time with Arsenal.
Cast your mind back to July 2014, £35m man, Sanchez had just touched down at the Emirates Stadium and would go on to have a monstrous impact at Arsenal (via BBC). Such was the excitement of his arrival, notable journalists such as Barney Ronay described him as the ‘missing link’.
The Chile international hit the ground running for his new club, scoring 25 goals and providing 12 assists in just 52 appearances in his debut campaign (via Transfermarkt). And if that wasn’t enough, he helped the Gunners retain the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
28 goal contributions followed in the 2015/2016 season, and by then, Sanchez was the key man for Arsene Wenger’s side. Midway through the season, he picked up the FSF’s Player of the Year gong, highlighting just how crucial he was to the team (via The Telegraph).
This only further improved with his best individual season as a professional footballer. Sanchez racked up 30 goals and 18 assists in just 52 appearances in the 2016/2017 season as he went from the best at Arsenal to arguably one of the best players in the league. A ranking done by The Telegraph had him as the second-best player in the league midway through the season, highlighting the impact he was having.
Prior to Sanchez arriving at the club, the fans had to struggle watching the likes of Theo Walcott, who had only ever managed to get 14 goals as his highest scoring league season with the north London giants (via WhoScored). This highlights how much Sanchez shook the club with his 20+ goals per season tally while not playing as a central striker.
Sanchez’s fall from grace coming up to two years after leaving North London has been a fascinating watch and just as he looked to be settling in over at Inter Milan, an injury halts his progress.
However, at the time, his arrival at Arsenal truly made a statement.
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