It is hardly surprising that Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez, because despite the fact that Arsenal dominated the game for pretty much the whole 90 minutes away to West Ham yesterday, it was the killer instinct and finishing of Alexis that ensured the Gunners the points we deserved.
His manager spoke to the Arsenal website about the star striker who bagged a brilliant hat-trick in the space of 14 minutes just when thoughts were inevitably turning to the idea that we might be punished for the profligacy that his team mates had shown up to that point, even on the opening goal from Ozil as it was an unselfish piece of play from the Chilean that gave the German a tap in.
Wenger said, “Look, he has all the ingredients to be a top class striker and he shows that now in every game. In a game like that today, again he is quick, he is quick to close down, he can dribble, he has short backlift. He has a killer instinct and it shows again that the South Americans, at the moment in world football, are the leading strikers. You have to acknowledge that. If you look through the top strikers in Europe, they are basically all South American now.
“I think, yes, he likes the positions. You know how the players are, people like to play as strikers. If it doesn’t work, they prefer their first position. But when it comes off, of course, when they walk home with the ball under their arm, it’s a good feeling and I think and hope that it gives him the taste for more. He has the qualities to play there, he has good movement, he is sharp. Maybe size-wise you could say he is not the tallest, but he is quite good in the air when he goes for it.”
I would certainly not like to be Olivier Giroud right now (although the wages would come in handy) as I do not fancy his chances of ousting Alexis from that centre forward role if the former Barcelona forward keeps his current form going, do you?