To most Arsenal fans at the moment Alexis Sanchez is just about the complete footballer, quick dribbles, continully pressing oponents, even scoring regularly, but the player himself still thinks he is not quite ready for the rigours of the Premier League games and still has a lot of improvement to come.
“Little by little I am gaining confidence in my team-mates and am gradually learning more,” he said in the Independent. “At first I had trouble understanding them, knowing where they ran, their movements, what gestures meant what, but every time I feel more confident.
“I am starting to memorise the moves of my team-mates and I learn to help them – clearly I need to improve and that is what I say in the dressing room, that I could stay a little less with the ball, play one touch play more often to facilitate counter-attacks, that is vital.
“I must learn that because the rapid transitions are key in this league and with this team.”
It is often said by JustArsenal readers that Alexis is going to be quickly unimpressed with the quality of his team-mates and start looking at moving on, but the Chilean thinks quite the opposte at the moment!
“Now that I am here, sometimes I stop to look my team-mates during the training session and I realise that I am surrounded by a lot of quality stars,” he continued.
“I have been impressed by their attitude and their talent.
“I love how they create spaces, their individual and collective movements
“I tell you seriously: I like what I see so much that I have repeated myself many times, that if we have the required winning mentality, if we are positive and try to win every single game, I know we can win any competition.
“I know that with this team we can win many trophies in the coming years. I am convinced.
“I hope to win everything here. That’s why I came.”
Well that throws a few theories out the window. If Sanchez is that impressed with his team-mates during training, then all we have to do now is get them all to play like that during Premier League games!