Arsenal have made an excellent start to the Premier League season, and find themselves level on points with leaders Manchester City.
The Gunners have won six of their opening nine league games, including a brilliant 3-0 win over Chelsea last month, and haven’t lost in the league since the opening day of the season when they went down 4-3 at home to Liverpool.
Add in an unbeaten start to their Champions League campaign, and a run to the last eight of the League Cup, and Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last 13 games, stretching back to that opening weekend loss.
Arsenal’s great start to the campaign has coincided with the excellent form of a number of their star players, but who has been the Gunners’ most creative player in their first nine Premier League games?
Well, you’ll not be surprised to know that it’s forward Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has been in supreme form so far this season, with his tally of four goals only bettered by England international Theo Walcott, who has five.
Both have been directly involved in seven of Arsenal’s goals this season, and Walcott has more shots per game than his teammate, but it is what Sanchez has done creatively for the team, playing in the more advanced forward role, which is hugely impressive.
The 27-year-old has the joint-most assists alongside Alex Iwobi with three, and is second only to Mesut Ozil in terms of key passes per match, with the German completing 2.4 and Sanchez 2.1.
However, Ozil has yet to add to his assist tally this season, and Sanchez’s prevalence at the top of the most dribbles (2.6) and fouled the most (1.9) columns suggests that he has been the key for the Gunners so far this season.
Add in his two Champions League goals for Arsenal this season, including the crucial equaliser in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at PSG, further highlights that Sanchez’s form and fitness will be integral if Wenger’s side are to compete on both the domestic and European stage this season.