The Chile international scored twice in the final 20 minutes at the Emirates on Saturday to help Arsenal seal a 3-0 victory over Burnley. He has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games, taking his tally to seven strikes since a £35 million move from Barcelona in the summer.
The former centre-half Keown reckons the North London club would be in big trouble without their talented South American.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he said:
Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez? Probably halfway down the table. He’s a little man but he’s a big man.
Every time I watch him play he excites me. He really is a crowd pleaser, and he’s so tenacious. He really goes at people when he gets the chance, and that gets the crowd on their feet. He’s been a revelation for Arsenal.
I think Sanchez is more important to Arsenal than Eden Hazard is to Chelsea. You could take Hazard out of the Chelsea team and they could still manage. I’m not so sure about Arsenal without Sanchez.
The Chilean produced an excellent display against Burnley and was a constant menace to the opposition defence throughout the game and thoroughly deserved his two goals in the game. His determination and skill defined the game and decided it.
Sanchez is playing in an Arsenal side that have struggled for form and fluency all season. He has largely had to do it alone, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. His solo show is single-handedly dragging Arsenal up the table and hopefully he can continue to do so.
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