By Dominic Toner
Alexis Sanchez was named in Garth Crooks’ team of the week as he scored twice during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory against Bournemouth on Sunday.
The 27-year-old played a starring role in the home win and kept the Gunners in touching distance of the top three.
He capitalised on a poor back pass from Steve Cook to open the scoring in the first-half and secured the three points in the 91st minute after converting Olivier Giroud’s cross.
The north London club are currently fourth placed in the Premier League table and just three points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.
BBC pundit Crooks has named Sanchez in his team of the week and was full of praise for the attacker.
“There has been some debate recently about how many world-class players we have in the Premier League at the moment,” Crooks said. “Well, I for one believe that Alexis Sanchez is one of them.
“It was Sanchez who punished Bournemouth’s Steve Cook for what appeared to be a moment of stage fright – one which ended in the most appalling backpass. The Chilean then finished off the Cherries with a simple tap-in, but that was after he had run Bournemouth ragged.”
Sanchez continued his impressive form this season against Bournemouth and has flourished in a new central position.
The Chile international has predominantly been used as left winger during his career, but manager Arsene Wenger has deployed him as the central striker this season.
He has now made 18 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring 10 goals and supplying eight assists.
Sanchez is currently keeping team-mate Giroud of the starting XI despite his impressive cameos off the bench.
The attacker is set to be crucial if Arsenal are to challenge for the Premier League title this season and will want to continue his rich vein of form.
He may also be chasing his own individual target of the league’s golden boot as he is currently on eight Premier League goals, just two short of frontrunners Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.
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