Chelsea legend claims Arsenal star as good as Benzema, Ronaldo

Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink delivers a glowing verdict on Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez is in the same bracket as Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.

The Gunners striker scored a second-half hat-trick to help the north London side ease to a 5-1 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

The Chile international has scored 11 goals and has made four assists in the Premier League in the 2016-17 season so far.

Sanchez has scored as many top-flight goals as his Premier League rival Diego Costa after the Chelsea forward netted in a 3-1 win at Manchester City.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been utilising Sanchez in a centre-forward role this term after previously playing the South American on the wing.

Former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink believes Sanchez is reaching the same level as Madrid duo Benzema and Ronaldo after his hat-trick heroics.

“Alexis Sanchez is one of the best,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News HQ on Monday.

“For me he is in that bracket of Ronaldo, Benzema and Costa. They’re all different. He is between the lines. He doesn’t want that physical aspect. He twists and turns.”

Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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The Gunners will host Stoke City in their next Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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