Alexis Sanchez really hasn’t been himself this season, and has been a shadow of the player he was during his debut campaign with Arsenal. The Chilean claims his fear of picking up another injury is the reason for his struggles, having already missed a large chunk of the campaign with a hamstring injury, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 27-year-old picked up an injury against Norwich last November, and was consequently out of action for a couple of months.
He was absolutely phenomenal last season, often singlehandedly dragging us over the line. This season he’s struggled badly for goals though, and since his return to action in January he’s scored just three times in the Premier League.
He suggests that prior to his hamstring injury against the Canaries he was absolutely fine, but since then he’s been scared about getting injured – consequently holding back.
“Before my injury I was 100 per cent fit. I was feeling well. After the injury I wanted to get back but it was hard,” Alexis told Premier League World (via the Daily Mail).
“I had a setback and when I played a match, I was scared I would get injured again because the thing I like most in the world is playing football and when I can’t play, I feel sad.”
While what he says may well be true, his poor form this season is not entirely down to injuries. He wasn’t at his best before the injury either, so he can’t blame everything on his injury fears.
The thing about Alexis Sanchez though, is that even when he’s not at his best, he still brings plenty to the side. He’s always operating at 110%, and even if he’s not chipping in with the massive number of goals he usually scores, he still contributes with his work-rate and energy. His presence on the field forces the rest of the team to up their own work-rates, and this ability cannot be understated.
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Another injury to the former Barcelona star would certainly be a blow, so hopefully the caution he’s been showing will keep him fit and avoid any setbacks or recurrences.