Arsenal will look to in-form Alexis Sanchez when they attempt to repair a sequence of diminishing returns at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
Sanchez scored two goals and made another in Arsenal’s 3-0 home win over Stoke City last weekend, taking him to 12 goals and eight assists for the campaign and moving City manager Manuel Pellegrini to describe him as “the best player in England”.
The Chilean’s unerring finishing and exemplary work ethic will be central to Arsenal’s hopes of success at the Etihad, where fortune has deserted them ever since City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.
In the years since the Emirati billionaire’s acquisition of City, Arsenal have won one, drawn one and lost five of the seven matches they have played at the Etihad.
Only Sergio Aguero, with 19, has scored more goals this season than the 18 Sanchez has mustered in all competitions and with the City striker in line to make his first start since December 3 after a knee injury, the stage is set for a showdown between the two 26-year-old South Americans. “There are some other great players, but Sanchez and Aguero are two of the best performing since the start of the season,” said Wenger. If there is one area where Aguero has the edge, it is his record against the big clubs — he has scored six times against United, and three times each against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.