It is not as if the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez tends to take it easy in most games. Quite the opposite is true in fact anbd our brilliant summer signing has been leading by example and his desire to win and appetite for the game seem to be rubbing off on his Arsenal team mates.
However, if there was ever a reason for the 25-year old to really give his all and squeeze that little extra bit of effort out of his body, Arsene Wenger has given it to him today. Not only will the manager have prepared Alexis and the rest of the Gunners for a really tough game away to Stoke City, the opposition players like Shawcross and N’Zonzi have left us in no doubt that the least we must do is match their energy and aggression.
Ans as reported by Arsenal.com, the Frenchman has already told his star player that he will not even have to travel to Turkey to face Galatasaray in the final Champions League group game. So Alexis will have a rare week in which to recharge his batteries before the visit of Newcastle United in the Premier League next Saturday.
Wenger said, “I will have to give him a week break at some stage, yes. At the moment he looks like at some stage I have to give him a breather.
“I did it with many players before who were a little bit playing every game. I did it with Henry, with Van Persie and it always helped them to get through without being injured.
“You have to know when to rest him and when not but I think at the moment he plays at his peak on the edge. He will not go to Turkey.
“When you have a player who wants to run, you don’t stop him. He has enthusiastic, he loves to play.
“He has quality [and] in the morning he comes in and he is fresh. I don’t know what he does overnight!
“He’s a great guy. He’s communicative. He’s integrating very well into the team spirit.
“He always says to me ‘speak English’. He understands it all, he does not yet [speak but] he is keen to learn.
“He’s a guy who likes big games, and for me that is the most important thing in a big player. And it’s a kind of leadership on the pitch.
“He does not say out of the game ‘I want to do this, I want to do that’, but on the pitch he is a leader.”
As well as letting him know that he is in for a little rest, if I was the boss I would show Alexis the video of Shawcross smashing Ramsey’s leg apart and tell him that we must not let Stoke finish the game with a smile on their faces. Then watch him go!