Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he’s feeling a bit tired while on international duty with Chile, which is not what any Arsenal fan wants to hear. After his side’s 2-1 loss against Argentina he spoke to the press, revealing that he was feeling drained and hadn’t been sleeping.
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The former Barcelona star had a phenomenal debut season at Arsenal, and was arguably unlucky to miss out on the PFA Player of the Year award. He was such a massive part of pretty much all the success we enjoyed in 2014/15, dragging us over the line time and time again.
Last season he was a shadow of that player though, looking jaded and tired for most of the campaign, and not having nearly the same impact as he did the previous campaign.
The fact that he’s now admitted that he’s feeling the effects is extremely worrying, and it’s made even worse by the complete lack of rest he’s likely to get over the course of the summer.
“I’m tired,” he said (via The Evening Standard).
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“I hope to recover and get my enthusiasm back in the game against Bolivia.
“I hate to lose, even to Argentina, who are a world power. I think about the game [all night]. I only slept for about four hours.”
We really need to see a rejuvenated Alexis next season in order to make sure we as a team are at our best, as he’s quickly become a huge player for Arsenal.
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He’s the kind of player who needs to be forced to rest by his coaches or manager as he doesn’t know how to manage himself properly. He gives 110% every time he’s on the pitch, and even when he’s exhausted and on the verge of an injury he still isn’t able to recognise that it might be in his best interest to sit a game or two out. Hopefully he doesn’t pick up any injuries while on international duty, and returns to Arsenal fully fit and ready to go.