If evidence was ever needed of just how good a signing Alexis Sanchez has been for Arsenal, it’s his goals-to-game ratio in his first 100 appearances for the club.
Since completing a big-money move from Barcelona in 2014, the Chilean has found the back of the net 47 times, averaging just under one goal in every two games.
For a winger by trade, that’s a phenomenal return.
He’s continued his fine form into the new season too, scoring four Premier League goals thus far, assisting another and finding the back of the net against Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in the Champions League.
In fact, so prolific has he been in recent times that comparisons have been made to Thierry Henry.
Arsene Wenger has opted to field Sanchez in the lone striker role so far this season and the bold move has paid dividends.
With the Chile international up top, Arsenal have an abundance of pace in behind and a player capable of scoring from all angles, as displayed during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea.
It was Sanchez’s pace that allowed him to dispossess Gary Cahill and surge through on goal in the opening stages, before dinking the ball over Thibaut Courtois.
So, about those comparisons to Henry – Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer.
While many will be quick to quash any suggestions that Sanchez can replicate the former striker, the statistics from his first 100 appearances for the Gunners are unerringly similar to Henry’s.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE BREAKDOWN
In 100 games for Arsenal, Sanchez has scored 47 goals, one less than Henry managed (48) during the same period.
Of those strikes, the Chilean has used his right foot 39 times, whereas Henry scored 37 times with his stronger foot.
Furthermore, Sanchez has scored four free-kicks and nine goals from outside the box; Henry scored four penalties and eight from range.
And in his first season at Arsenal, Sanchez scored 25 goals, compared to Henry’s 26 in 1999/2000. They both scored 22 from then until their 100th appearance.
All this is without taking into account that the 27-year-old is currently undergoing the exact same transition from winger to a striker that Henry did when he signed for £11 million.
The writing is on the wall, is it not?
As mentioned, comparing Sanchez to Henry is difficult given their respective achievements in north London but, where statistics are concerned, there’s every reason to suggest that Sanchez can somewhat follow the same path as Arsenal’s record goalscorer.
Only time will tell.