A lot of people have been talking about the Arsenal and Chile international star this season, after his much reported to Man City or a number of other clubs this summer did not happen and the striker was apparently pretty cheesed off on transfer deadline day about it all.
There were some fitness issues and then reports of a minor injury problem but a lot of football pundits believed that Alexis had lost his focus and was not committed to the Arsenal cause. Arsene Wenger has continued to play this down and insisted that it was just a matter of time and finding his form before we would start to see the best of Sanchez in an Arsenal shirt once again.
Well last night’s Premier League clash with West Brom certainly seemed to support Wenger’s statements over the suggestions of the media, with people pointing out the flashes of his old self we saw from the striker along with his all round energy and effort.
For me, though, the most telling thing was the frustration Alexis showed towards the referee which he did not seem able to control and which nearly earned him a second yellow card from Mr Madley, who had to call on the captain Laurent Koscielny to have a calming word.
The French defender would not have been surprised at the striker’s attitude, though, because in the build up to the match Koscielny was reported by the Daily Express declaring that Alexis was focused again and would be a big player for us again this year.
He said, “I know it was a difficult situation with the transfer window but now it’s finished and I think he is focused on his job, on his performance and on his club.
“He’s an Arsenal player and he knows that he needs to play and he needs to score some goals and give assists to be better.
“He’s still working every day like he did before, so the most important thing is to keep his head cool and just play and enjoy.”
If Alexis Sanchez does not care about playing for Arsenal, can you explain why he was so keen to argue about the awarding of a throw in what he felt was the wrong way?