Pellegrini: Alexis is Premier League’s best

The Chilean feels that his compatriot’s improved scoring record sets him apart from any other player in England, despite earlier hailing Sergio Aguero as one of the world’s best

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has labelled Alexis Sanchez as the “best player in English football” after making a flying start to life at Arsenal.

The Chile international has scored 12 Premier League goals since joining the Gunners in the summer for €41 million, including a curling effort against Pellegrini’s City earlier in the campaign.

And the former Malaga coach, who has previously hailed his own striker – Sergio Aguero – as one of the best players in the world, believes that Alexis is as good as it gets in the English game.

“Every game I see him making a great effort, showing great commitment, ambition and the maturity needed to keep improving year after year,” he told AS.

“I’m happy for him because, at this time, he is the best player in English football.

“I always thought [he was going to be world class]. The only thing you could criticise him for before was that he didn’t score enough goals. He wasn’t a scorer but he has improved this a lot in the last two campaigns.

“Alexis has progressed in recent years. His spell at Barcelona has been very useful for him as well as sharing a team with great players.”

Pellegrini will come face to face with his compatriot when reigning champions City host Arsene Wenger’s side on Sunday.