In a week when all the news has been bad, it’s no bad thing to get a more positive outlook on certain aspects of the club, and that comes from Alexis Sanchez who has spoke highly of his new teammates at Arsenal.
In an interview with AS, he spoke about coming to terms with a new club, new system and a new language, and the Chilean forward has been impressed by his colleagues – no small praise considering where he came from.
Asked by interviewer Guillem Balague why he chose Arsenal over other clubs who were interested in him in the summer, he said, “People I trust spoke very highly of Arsenal, its greatness, the quality of their players.
“Now that I’m here, sometimes I stop to look my teammates in practice and I realize that I’m surrounded by a lot of quality. I have been impressed by the attitude and talent. I know that with this group we can win many titles in the coming years. I’m convinced.”
Of course, after the last couple of results, and the position we find ourselves in the Premier League, you might think there’s an element of him having to say that because that’s just what footballers do, but all the same he does seem genuinely smitten.
“I’ve been impressed,” he continued. “I love how they look and create spaces, individual and collective movements.
“I tell you seriously, I like what I see so much that I have repeated many times that if we have the winning mentality needed, and if we are positive and go out to win every game, I know we can win in any competition.”
Alexis also had nice words for some time striking partner Danny Welbeck.
“I love playing with him,” he said. “He has a great touch and he’s a goalscorer. He’s been a great signing.”
The one area where he has struggled slightly has been with the language, although he’s going to classes to learn English and he says that’s helping him, and his attitude is summed by his belief that has to do better as he adapts to life in England.
“Clearly I need to improve and that is what I say in the dressing room: I could dwell a little less on the ball, use one-touch play to facilitate counterattacks. That is vital. I must learn that because the rapid transitions are key in this league and with this team.
“This football [in England] is hard, very hard. It’s a struggle to adapt. Of all the leagues in which I have played, this is the most complicated. I like the challenge, but it’s not easy!”
Well, if this is him finding it not easy, then we can look forward to the day when he’s fully settled in and scoring all our goals and … oh …