The Gunners legend Thierry Henry believes Alexis Sanchez can be his long-term successor at the Emirates Stadium.

The Chilean forward has enjoyed a bright start to life in the Premier League, scoring 12 goals in 20 games this season with his latest double coming in the 3-0 victory at home to Stoke.

His blistering form has led to comparisons with the club's greatest striker and, although Sanchez is still some way off the Frenchman's 228-goal haul, Henry says he can go on to become a true Gunners' great.

"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," Henry said.

"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.

"The Gunners 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 been compared to a "Duracell battery" by team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Arsene Wenger believes his £32 million-signing will only get better.

There have been notions that the gunners have become over-reliant on the attacker, but Henry was quick to dismiss the claims.

"In some of the games when he hasn't appeared, Arsenal have won them," Henry added. "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."

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