Following a summer of uncertainty, it’s time for Alexis Sanchez to ignore the media and focus on taking Arsenal back into the Champions League.
- Age: 28
- Nationality: Chilean
- Position: Left-forward
- Best Attribute: Work rate and commitment to training
- Biggest Weakness: Mentality and selfishness when things go wrong
You kind’ve get the feeling that without a big trophy to lift at the end of this season, we could be saying farewell to the Chilean. This season is the final one on his contract and unless he signs before January, he’ll be free to discuss personal terms with the likes of PSG and Manchester City. Given that, his mind is always on football and even if he’s wanting out of Arsenal, this can be a chance to audition himself to Europe’s major clubs. If the right signings are made by the end of the window and Arsenal start the season well, we could get him to sign on the dotted line. However, whilst I’m writing this I’m not entirely certain that will be the case!
For Alexis it’s all about his stats at the end of the season. He’s a selfish player that wants to score goals, start and finish the whole of the game. Is that a bad thing? No, but it means he’ll be more worried about his performance than the team’s at times. I fully expect him to break the 20 goal barrier but he may have to shelve some of those goals on to Lacazette. He’s got a good relationship with Wenger, but his winning mentality has to be backed up by his ability to give a 10/10 performance every single week.
How Much Will He Play?
If it was down to him, he’d never miss a game. However, Wenger needs to prepare for Alexis’ possible exit by bringing players like Iwobi and Welbeck into the mix. Alexis will likely be rested for the League Cup but he’ll want to feature throughout the Europa League as it’s a chance to pick up goals for fun. On the flip side, if he isn’t performing then Wenger must have the guts to do what is right and drop the Chilean, no matter how many strops he throws!