Featured Midfielder of The Week – Alexis Sanchez

“From what we have seen so far, he is right up there,” Arsenal midfielder Flamini told reporters after the match against Sunderland. Alexis Sanchez was commended as being equal level to club legend Thiery Henry and Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie. He then added “Alexis Sanchez is a breath of fresh air to play with. He gives so much for the team and not just in an attacking sense. I didn’t realize he works so hard off the ball. Not just creating space for others but helping out defensively. He is a top player and has already made a big difference.”Only top-notch players receive immediate optimistic reviews from their teammates and club supporters. Thus the Chilean hotshot is evidently a gem of an addition for the progressively rising Gunners.

Last weekend, the wing wizard was the sole reason Arsenal bagged all three points against Gus Poyet’s wobbly Sunderland. Sense of alertness and enthusiasm to drive upfront got him scoring a brace. Despite both goals resulted from defensive errors, the finish was fairly inspiring. With hard work, you can craft your own luck. The opening goal saw the former Catalan star using his trademark pace and coolness in front goal by chipping over Vito Mannone. The 25-year old has scored eight goals in 15 appearances for the Gunners so far. His exciting dribbling skills, clinical finishes and energy pack performances make him one of the finest footballers in the league at the moment. After Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came forward to praise his teammate, comparing him to Luis Suarez. “He reminds me of Luis Suarez when he chases everything down and he makes nothing into something. He’s done that for us twice today and he’s scored goals at important times for us.”

During the previous transfer window, Sanchez was highly linked to Italian Serie A Champions Juventus and premier league rivals Liverpool. Considering the style of play and faith in Arsene Wenger, the Chilean sealed a move to London. Arsenal fans were delightfully celebrating with express jersey sales and new banners. As mentioned by the Arsenal boss, something special is going to happen soon at the Emirates. England International Theo Walcott has returned from a long term injury and should be in the starting line up for the upcoming match. For the first time, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Walcott will form the attacking trio to haunt opponents with their terrific pace and skills. The Flash Musketeers sounds engaging!

After a successful season in Argentina with Colo Colo and River Plate, Sanchez left South America in July 2008 to join Udinese and continued what he does best, scoring and assisting for goals. However, Sanchez made most of his name at his former club FC Barcelona, finding the back of the net 39 times in 65 La Liga games. The Catalans, who secured a deal for Luis Suarez, took a huge gamble seeing the Chilean attacker leaving to London. Whereas their fans were rather devastated knowing his departure as he was consistently one of their best key players.

Without a doubt, the Chilean winger is increasingly crucial to Arsenal’s title hope this season. His quick transition from defensive to offensive will constantly carry Arsenal forward. A brilliant player for your dream team squad!

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