Having watched Alexis Sanchez plunder two goals and an assist in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Stoke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hailed the performance of his Chilean teammate.
The former Barcelona man ran riot over Mark Hughes’ side and could have ended up with even better stats had finishes from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott been more convincing.
Speaking after the game, the Ox said, “He’s amazing. He shows it week-in, week-out and I think that’s the most important thing for top players to do. It’s about consistency and it’s not good enough to just be good one week.
“Everybody wants to see you great every week and I think Alexis has done that all the way through this season. He was brilliant again, scoring two good goals and setting Laurent’s goal up as well.
“Hopefully it continues for him because he’s having a great season, he’s brimming with confidence and obviously it helps the team as well so it was another great performance from him.
“There were a lot of good performances out there but obviously with the two goals and the assist, he’s the star of the show.”
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott says he’s hoping to give the manager a selection headache despite his feeble miss in the 80th minute. Played in, he could only screw a shot wide with just the keeper to beat, but he says it’s down to rustiness after s long out.
“I’m not quite sharp enough yet but that will come,” he said.
“It gives a boost to the whole squad when players who’ve been out long-term are coming back. It lifts everyone’s spirt.
“Going into one of the busiest periods of the season, you want all your players fit and I think the boss will have a selection headache soon.”