Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez following his brace against Dinamo Zagreb, highlighting his explosive style of play and likening him to a lion, as reported by the Mirror.
Alexis has looked on the verge of burning out for quite some time now, but still continues to give 110% every game. His work-rate is absolutely phenomenal, and he showed against the Croatian side that despite exhaustion, he’s still capable of putting on a top quality performance.
Wenger praised his killer instinct, but also his resistance and how incredible it was that he has managed to remain uninjured all this time.
“His style is explosive and it’s a committed style. Jamie Vardy is a bit similar — they go when they go.
“They are like the lion. He has to catch the animal in the first 200 metres. If he doesn’t get there, after he’s dead.
“They are these kind of killers. When they go, it is to kill and after they have to stop.
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“That’s where we come back to top-level sportsmen. That kind of mixture of flexibility, sense of how far can you go with the pushing, that sensitivity to how much and as well when you have to ease off on your body.
“His resistance is remarkable. What is also remarkable is that he goes to South America [on international duty], he comes back Thursday night and on Saturday he can play without a problem, even if he’s jet-lagged.”
Hopefully after his two goals – and an assist – against Dinamo Zagreb he’ll be somewhere close to back to his best, as despite bagging several goals this season he hasn’t come close to replicating the form he showed during his debut campaign. He’s a hugely important player, and we can’t afford to be without him for any length of time.
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He unquestionably needs a rest at some point soon, but he’s unlikely to get one until we get a few more of our injured stars back. So despite Wenger revealing that the Chilean picked up a slight hamstring problem against Zagreb (via the Mirror), we should still see him feature against Norwich.