Alexis Sanchez has been voted Arsenal Player of the Season after a hugely successful first year in England. The Chilean, who begins his Copa America campaign tomorrow (Thursday) against Ecuador, won an overwhelming 66% of the vote, which polled Arsenal club members on who they thought performed best this season.
Sanchez, who also won the PFA Fans Player of the Year, scored 25 goals in his debut season in England after moving to Arsenal from Barcelona in a transfer reportedly worth more than £35million. Sanchez also marked his first season with Arsenal with two trophies, the 2014 Community Shield at the beginning of the season and the FA Cup at the end. Sanchez scored twice in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and scored an amazing second goal from long range in the Gunners' 4-0 win over Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa in the final two weeks ago.
Sanchez was quoted as calling his first season in England "disappointing" earlier this week because Arsenal "didn't win the title or get to the final of the Champions League". Despite this season perhaps not living up to his own personal high standards, Sanchez has won plaudits from fans, players and pundits alike over the course of this season. Arsenal teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has compared Sanchez to a "Duracell battery", referring to the frequently acclaimed amazing work rate of the Chilean.
Sanchez was regularly Arsenal VAVEL's Star Man of the Week and he was overwhelmingly voted into Arsenal's Team of the Season by the Arsenal VAVEL writers. The players who finished second and third in Arsenal's Player of the Season vote were of course also voted into Arsenal VAVEL's Team of the Season, with 2013 winner Santi Cazorla third with 8.4% of the vote and Francis Coquelin coming in a distant second with 10.4% of the vote.