First of all I have to offer huge congratulations to the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez. For the second summer in a row he and his national side beat the Argentina of Lionel Messi and all in the Copa America final on penalties. And just to cap off this excellent tournament for our Gunner he was voted as the player of the tournament having scored three times and assisting once.
As reported by Metro his Arsenal team mate Mesut Ozil was one of the first to offer his support and congratulations to the Chilean and while the German and the other Arsenal players at Euro 2016 could still be on international duty for some time, at least Sanchez can now rest and recover ahead of the new season.
But after the negative effect that last summer’s Copa America win had on our striker, should Arsenal fans be worried about the same happening again at the start of the new campaign. The quick and honest answer is that we just do not know. It might, but I reckon the fact that he did it last year and that was Chile’s first ever triumph in the competition will make it less likely to have such an impact on his club form.
Also we should remember that Alexis missed a few months of last season with injury and so he has not been in the same situation of playing without a decent rest. Hopefully this second international success will actually help Arsenal as it makes our striker hungry for more trophies with his club.
We can only wait and hope and say well done Alexis Sanchez!