Henry praised the Chliean in a private chat at the 2014 FIFA Ballon D'Or. Man City manager, Pellegrini also described the Sanchez as the best in the England
When Sanchez made the move from Barcelona to Arsenal, not many expected him to fit into the rather slurry tactic of the Gunners.
However, barely seven months into his Arsenal stay, the 26 year-old Chliean has made headlines, scoring most crucial goals for Arsenal and winning important points for Frenchman, Arsene Wenger whose coaching prowess has been called to question.
Long after he left in 2007, none had been good enough as successor to the club’s leading scorer with 228 goals but, finally, according to Thierry Henry, Arsenal has found a successor in Alexis Sanchez.
Henry disclosed in a private chat with Daily Mail at the Ballon D’Or that the Chilean is the right replacement for him.
''Arsenal were looking for a player to deliver on a daily basis and they have found one. He is brilliant. He can read the game incredibly, as you saw with the goal on Sunday, and his work-rate is fantastic.
''He scores goals and doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to put the ball in the net. That is very important.
''He is a very, very good player and you know that if he is on tune, then Arsenal have a lot of chances to win the game. I am trying to think if there has been a better signing in the last five or six years. It is still early days but so far it is very good. He is doing extremely well. He is going to score goals but it is his all-round game that I am so impressed with. That has no price.
''Arsenal fans have been waiting to have a player like that. Finally they have one. He struggled at the beginning, like everybody, but when he got into a rhythm, you can see the quality. We should all be happy with him. He is going to be a great player for many years.’’
Sanchez has scored 12 goals in 20 appearances for Arsenal in the EPL with an additional 3 Champions League goals and two in other competitions this season and to think that the club is relying too much on the 26 year-old does not count on Henry’s mind.
''No. In some of the games when he hasn’t appeared, Arsenal have won them. Sanchez didn’t have a great game against West Ham — and they won. He didn’t have a great game against QPR — and they won. So there you go,’’ Henry answered bluntly.
Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini chose Sanchez as the most prolific forward in the EPL this season after the weekend result.
The Chilean went for his compatriot over his own player, Sergio Aguero.
''Every game I see him making a great effort, showing great commitment, ambition and the maturity needed to keep improving year after year.
''I'm happy for him because at this time he is the best player in English football.’’