Alexis Sanchez is the gift that keeps on giving for Arsenal, and he produced the goods yet again yesterday with a scintillating performance in front of goal. He crossed in for Koscielny’s header that gave us the lead, and then found the net twice himself to put the game to bed. While everyone knows he is a world class player, it is breathtaking to see him play at such a high level week after week. He has played literally non stop this season for both club and country, but rather than slowing down, he seems to get better every week.
He was a summer transfer from Barcelona so he has not even spent a complete season at the Emirates yet but it is safe to say that he has become one of the all time fan favorites at the club. His performances have earned us so many points this season and having a match winner of that quality in the side is a massive morale boost for the other players as well. After yesterday’s game, several of his teammates spoke to arsenal.com and heaped praise upon Sanchez and his performances. Their comments are recorded below:
He’s a top player. Every game he just puts in great performances. He scored another two goals today and I think he’s been great since the beginning of the season. I hope he carries on this way.
He’s amazing. He shows it week-in, week-out and I think that’s the most important thing for top players to do. It’s about consistency and it’s not good enough to just be good one week. Everybody wants to see you great every week and I think Alexis has done that all the way through this season. He was brilliant again, scoring two good goals and setting Laurent’s goal up as well. Hopefully it continues for him because he’s having a great season, he’s brimming with confidence and obviously it helps the team as well so it was another great performance from him. There were a lot of good performances out there but obviously with the two goals and the assist, he’s the star of the show.
Alexis is amazing because he’s played more than 25 games and he still runs like it’s his first game. It’s amazing and it’s not just in attack – he defends well. If he needs to run back to help us defend, he does, so he has a good mentality, which makes him a world-class player.
Alexis is one of the best players in the world, he’s very important for us, he plays very well every game and I hope he can play the same all season.
The manager also spoke about Alexis Sanchez during the post match press conference, and highlighted his importance to the team as well as his great teamwork with the other players:
The better the team plays, the more he [Sanchez] is involved in the game because we attacked a lot. We had a very offensive team today and he’s confident. He’s another – like Giroud – and we can be direct with him, you can run at people a bit more, so there’s a good combination offensively.
when you play at home – our pitch is perfect even in winter – you can move the ball well when you have so many technical players on the pitch. It is an advantage for us. What was important for me is that we kept a good concentration to play the game how we want to play and also that we kept a clean sheet at the back. Overall, I must say that everybody played very well. The only negative today is that we lost another experienced defender with a dislocated shoulder. That gives us a problem because we are already short of experienced players at the back.
A lot has been said and written about the Chilean and his impact this season, but every week he comes up with yet another strong performance to write about. It is very pleasing to see someone with his skill and determination at the Emirates and hopefully this enthusiasm spreads to the rest of the team as well. We have several quality players at the club, all that is missing is a spark to make them play at full potential and challenge for the title. In Sanchez, we MAY have found that spark. Now all Wenger needs to do is find a way to exorcise the injury demon from the club and we can start to challenge for the top spots yet again.