Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has outlined the objectives of the team for this season. The Chile international forward joined the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer transfer window, and became the second most expensive transfer in Arsenal history.
The 25 year old has been impressive during his tenure with the Spanish giants, and also turned in a quality performance for his country at the World Cup. However, he has yet to settle in fully at Arsenal, and despite scoring on a regular basis, has not managed to cement a first team place.
This is partly because of a difference in ideology. According to Wenger, Sanchez disrupts the rhythm of the Gunners and slows down play when he is on the ball, something Wenger, an ardent advocate of one touch passing, cannot tolerate. Thus, he is still working with Sanchez to teach him to release the ball faster and not hog the possession.
A player of Sanchez’s quality is undeterred by such things however, and he retains lofty ambitions as to the goals for this season. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:
I want to win everything. Looking at the coaches and players we have, with a winning attitude and ambition, we can win absolutely anything.
While it is good to be ambitious, how realistic are Sanchez’s dreams? Arsenal will be aiming for the Premier League and perhaps the FA Cup this season, but the Champions League is surely out of their reach, not with the lack of squad depth that they have. Even for the Premier League, a major turnaround is required for the Gunners to stand a chance. In their opening seven games, they have only managed to win two, a worrying statistic.
However, anything is possible, and football is an unpredictable sport. With a bit of luck, the Gunners could still pull off an upset this season.