Tottenham legend: This Arsenal star is easily world class

Garth Crooks is under no illusion that Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is a world-class player

Garth Crooks is adamant that Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is easily a world-class player.

The Chile international underlined his status as one of the Premier League’s standout performers last weekend after the Gunners forward scored a second-half hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Sanchez, who moved to Arsenal from La Liga outfit Barcelona in a £35m deal in 2014, has scored 11 times and has made four assists in 14 appearances in the Premier League this season.

The Gunners forward is on course to produce his best return in a Premier League season after Sanchez netted 16 times in 35 games last term.

Former Tottenham striker Crooks is under no illusion that Sanchez is a truly world-class player.

“Sanchez easily joins that rank and I’m really struggling to understand what he lacks to not fit into the category,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“I’ve said it before in this column that when more people agree than disagree about a player’s world-class status, more often than not those that agree are right.”

Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table and three points behind leaders Chelsea after 14 games.

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The Gunners will take on Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in their next Premier League fixture at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

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