The number of collective Media Buzz wins by a team on Football Index is a huge indicator of their individual player values. Of course, they aren't the be all and end all now that Performance Buzz has been introduced but it can still highlight huge differences of how certain clubs are ranked within the media.
Arsenal have recently become only the 3rd club to reach triple figures in Media Buzz 1st place wins. Thanks in the main to Alexis Sanchez and his current transfer tug of war between the two Manchester Clubs. Indeed, it was Sanchez who took the Gunners into the 100 wins club and has continued to power them ahead with a run of consecutive wins.
Let's take a look at how Arsenal have brought home the Media wins.
ALEXIS SANCHEZ: 45 WINS
It's no surprise to see that Alexis Sanchez has been responsible for the bulk of the current 105 wins. In fact, he comprises nearly half of the entire total with 45 wins. That number takes him clear of both Neymar and Ronaldo who each sit with 44 wins apiece.
A large bulk of those wins are associated with his long standing contract and transfer sage stretching back through the 2016-17 season. Sanchez racked up 23 wins during that period, with only the once mighty Zlatan ahead of him. Thanks to continued speculation surrounding his future, he's already notched another 15 wins this season so far.
With a move to Manchester United or Chelsea now looking imminent, it will be interesting to see how long the media attention spotlight shines on Alexis Sanchez. For Football Index traders, it will surely be United who they are willing him towards.
MESUT OZIL: 19 WINS
Beyond Sanchez, his fellow contract rebel Mesut Ozil is next in line with a healthy 19 1st places to his name to date. Often featured in the same news stories as Sanchez - especially last season - he could easily have taken home more dividend returns were it not for the Chilean's slightly higher media draw.
With Sanchez edging closer to leaving the Gunners, it could potentially leave Ozil in a much stronger position as the next most high profile player at the club.
OLIVIER GIROUD: 9 WINS
After Ozil the next highest Arsenal player is French striker Olivier Giroud. It may surprise people to see that a player who is often maligned by supporters has claimed a respectable 9 1st place wins so far. This places him just inside the top 25 players overall, which is certainly not too shabby.
Long term observers on the Football Index will be aware that whilst the returns may be sporadic, when Giroud makes the headlines, he often does so with aplomb.
JACK WILSHERE: 7 WINS
Following on down the list the next notable Arsenal Buzz winner is Jack Wilshere who perhaps should have claimed a few more than his still decent 7 1st place wins. As someone who is no stranger to the media back pages be it due to injuries, bad behaviour, player performance or transfer rumours, Wilshere could certainly have been expected to notch a few more wins.
Still, again with contract and potential transfer rumours to come over the next few months there is every chance Wilshere could make it into double figures.
THEO WALCOTT: 4 WINS
The final noteworthy Gunners media buzz winner is Theo Walcott. With just 4 1st place wins to his name, it almost mirrors his career at the Emirates in falling well short of expectations. It places him joint 34th overall, and even sits with other high profile underachievers such as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
As has been a recurring theme amongst this list, Walcott is another player who looks to be heading for the exit door and indeed could even make a move this January. Everton have been strongly linked with the England international and perhaps a move away is just what Walcott needs to reignite his stumbling career.
Achieving over 100 Football Index 1st Place Media Buzz wins as a team is certainly a huge marker. As only the 3rd club to do so and with a 4th looking a long way away (Liverpool occupy 4th spot with 68 collective wins) it shows that high profile Arsenal players are always likely to be in the media.
Whether they can retain that sort of form once Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott, Wilshere, etc sort out their transfer or contracts remains to be seen however. Alexandre Lacazette for example has so far only managed 2 1st Place wins (only 1 whilst at Arsenal) with the most recent nearly 200 days ago.
A highly rumoured transfer for Borussia Dortmund's bad-boy striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang however could offer a much more high profile interest though.
Arsenal's 100+ Media Buzz 1st Place Wins:
All above totals achieved whilst contracted to Arsenal. Some players have won more whilst at other clubs.
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