The 25 year old scored twice as the north London side were 3-0 winners against Burnley at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. His brace took his Premier League tally to seven goals following his £35 million move from Barcelona.
Arteta believes that the South American striker is now performing close to his maximum and praised the summer signing’s boundless energy.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
South Americans in England normally find it a bit hard. When you’re an attacking player and people are expecting a lot from you, sometimes it’s even more difficult.
He’s a bull – he goes again and again. That’s the only secret with Alexis, he wants to get better and better. That’s the way he is.
I don’t think we are surprised by his performances but we are with how he’s adapted to the Premier League.
As the boss said, he found it a bit hard in the first few weeks but now he’s found the platform and the confidence and physically he is the level he needs to be at because his game is very demanding. The way he’s contributing to the team and the spirit of the group as well is very good.
It is easy and nice [to play alongside him], because it makes our job easier when you have a player in his form scoring goals for the team. It’s very helpful, but as well how he looks after the people around him and [the hard work] he does in every game is something we need to highlight.
He gets more highlights with his goals, assists and his tricks, but his hard work and his [work] ethic in every game is very important as well.
It hasn’t taken long for Alexis Sanchez to settle in at Arsenal after joining Arsenal from Barcelona for around £30 million this summer. He inspired the recent wins against Sunderland and Burnley and his skill, eye for goal, and relentless work rate have already made him a key member of Arsene Wenger’s side.
His skill on the ball is complemented by his energy and intelligence when pressing the opposition. In essence, if the ball is nearby, then he’s a threat, whether he’s the one running with it or not. He is at his best when he’s got the freedom to go hunting in the opposition box and it remains to be seen whether Wenger will continue to play him in a central role once Arsenal’s injuries start to lift.
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