I very much doubt that I will get many Arsenal fans arguing with the suggestion that the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez is absolutely vital to the Gunners and our chances of lifting the Premier League trophy next May. His team mates and manager in north London were blown away by his impact during his debut season and there is no reason for us to expect any less this time around.
Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal Player about how the striker is already focusing on next season with Arsenal and about how he is absolutely determined to help Arsenal to more trophy success. The boss got in touch with his star man after Alexis scored the coolest of penalties to win the Copa America for his country.
Wenger said, “They had quite a comfortable lead when he took the penalty but I was a bit worried because he missed one with us.
“He has shown again that he is scared of nothing. He took the ball and chipped the keeper. It was quite audacious but I was of course over the moon to see him bring the trophy to a country that has waited for such a long time.
“It is an historic achievement and when you’re a football player, you want to do that, so I’m very happy for him.
“I texted him [after the final] and he texted me back. He was already focused on next season with Arsenal and wants to win everything with us. He was thrilled and very happy.”
Alexis took over the role of MVP at the club from Aaron Ramsey and the Welshman has also been heaping praise on his team mate, even saying that it was impossible to say when asked who was the better player between him and the most expensive transfer of all time, Gareth Bale, who Rambo knows well from their international duties with Wales.
He said, “That’s a tough question. Gareth’s a lot more athletic, you’ll just knock the ball in behind and he’ll get on the end of it, create things and score goals.
“Alexis’ work rate, determination to succeed and win the ball back and score is quite sublime as well. I’m just really happy for him to play for Arsenal.
“They’re great players and it’s hard to separate them.”
Will Alexis be our top man again this season and will he be able to inspire Arsenal to the title, or do Arsenal need more transfer action this summer?