Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez and hailed him as ‘an unbelievable player’.
Sanchez was Arsenal’s match winner on Saturday after his brace helped the Gunners edge past a very average Sunderland. The Chilean has been our best player for some time now, he has been on the score sheet 8 times already this season and more often than not has bailed Arsenal out of jail.
The former Barcelona man has literally carried the entire team, his industry won us the game against Anderlecht while his brilliance set up Welbeck’s goal that fetched us a point against Hull. Against Sunderland he looked like the only player that could make something happen. His tireless running, moments of brilliance and endurance has already made him a huge hit at Arsenal.
The Ox compared Sanchez to Luis Suarez, saying both players have the ability produce magic out of nothing:
He’s a world-class player – everyone saw that at the World Cup. He’s proved that and he’s played for Barcelona where we’ve all seen what he’s done.
He’s an unbelievable player and part of his game is his character and his hard work – that’s where he’s got both his goals from today.
He reminds me of Luis Suarez when he chases everything down and he makes nothing into something. He’s done that for us twice today and he’s scored goals at important times for us.
Sanchez is every bit Luis Suarez minus the cannibalism, rascism and all the vampire stuff.
The Ox also highlighted the need of points even when things aren’t going well:
I think we’ll say we deserved the win. We dominated a lot of the ball. They came out better in the second half than they did in the first and they did make it more of an even game in the second half and maybe we didn’t pass the ball as we would’ve liked. It’s always important to make sure, when you’re not passing as well as you would like, that you defend right and grind out results like we did today.
It’s important to grind wins occasionally but not week in week out, a better team would have punished us for our lacklustre display. You can’t rely on Sanchez all the time, he is after all human and is bound to have some bad games. It’s time others step up.
Cazorla for me has been poor for some time and if the Ox keeps putting in performances like the one on Saturday, he will lose his first team place to the returning Theo Walcott and potentially Serge Gnabry.