Summer signing Alexis Sanchez has caught the eyes of Arsenal fans with some blistering performances in his first months at the club, but for Polish stopper Wojiech Szczesny it is Sanchez’s passion for the game which really excels.
According to the Arsenal goalkeeper, the Chilean winger simply hates to lose even in a training match, so great is his passion for the game.
His enthusiasm and passion has paid dividends, and Sanchez has scored five times in his last eight outings, as he has made an impressive transition from Barcelona to The Emirates.
Szczesny however is not surprised by how easily the flying winger has settled in, and believes that the best is still yet to come. He told Arsenal Player:
“He’s got a massive passion for football. Obviously every single little game you have [in training] everyone wants to win, but there are always a couple of players who are so passionate that they hate to lose and Alexis is one of them.
“If he is losing a game he wants to take the ball, dribble past everyone and score – and he does that pretty well sometimes!
“On top of that he is a very good footballer and has been a very good signing as well. I am sure there is more come from him.
“He got a massive goal for us against Besiktas and that took the pressure off him. Since then he has scored pretty much every time he has started.
“I’m very happy for him. I hope it continues and he gives us that little bit more.”
The desire to win
However bad it sounds you do feel that Arsenal have lacked characters in the dressing room in recent years, who have the passion and the ability to lift the whole team in the way that Sanchez does. When Arsenal are struggling you feel that someone like Sanchez can provide that moment of inspiration which can change a game.
On his day he is one of the most dangerous and destructive players in the Premier League, and both the Arsenal players and the opposition know that, and that makes a difference that very few players can make.
His passion and desire meanwhile is illustrated every time you see him on the pitch. Sanchez’s work ethic and desire to win the ball is brilliant, and he is a bundle of energy which rubs off on his teammates.
For me Sanchez is the key man at Arsenal this year, and a lot will depend on whether they can keep him fit and firing. Since the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires departed, Arsenal have lacked those truly world class players who instil fear in their opponents. Sanchez does that, and that is crucial.
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