Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to star striker Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean scored his 16th goal of the season to ease Arsenal into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The 26-year-old signed off another swashbuckling performance with a classy strike eight minutes from time as the Gunners beat Hull City 2-0 at the Emirates.
Questioned post-game on whether he was tempted to rest a player who has already featured 29 times this season, Wenger underlined that Sanchez appears to be coping well with the rigours of the English football calendar.
“I was tempted [to rest him]. Giroud was still suspended today and I knew that it was an important game for us. In the end, he always feels ready.
“I hope [he can keep his energy up for the rest of the season]. There’s no reason. You look at the players who have that confidence – you’re torn between the fact that when the player’s confident and keeping him playing, and giving him a rest.
“I feel that when the players are confident it’s important to keep them going, especially when they have that physical potential. He recovers very quickly and we’ll see. At the moment he doesn’t look in our tests like he has any fatigue problem.”
Assessing Sanchez’s overall contribution to a largely drab game, the boss continued:
“He always looked dangerous. He took the corner, he scored a goal and he gave a good chance to Oxlade-Chamberlain. He’s lively and always dangerous with his change of direction, his incisiveness and how penetrative he is.
“He’s interesting to watch because he has a good fighting spirit. He has a good combination of what you want to see from top players – that means that he is ready for a fight and also has talent.”
Arseblog News makes no apologies for using a picture of Sanchez in the bath on this article. We’re only sad we weren’t there to take the picture ourselves. The sexy beast.