Alexis Sanchez says he’s revelling in the competitiveness of the Premier League and believes Arsenal’s two recent victories in Manchester are the blueprint for future success.
The summer signing, who has 19 goals from 37 starts this season, also insists he’ll keep on improving as he continues to learn about English football in the company of his teammates.
Reflecting on his first eight months at the Emirates the Chile international told the Evening Standard:
“I am well adapted to the country and the league. I must keep on learning, though. I want to expand my knowledge of English football in general and Arsenal and my team-mates in particular, but overall I love this league.
“At the end of the day, football was invented in this country, right? I live where football was invented. That makes me really happy.
“Ever since I started watching Premier League I found English football very appealing. I hope to keep on learning from my team-mates and keep on improving day after day. That’s what I am here for.”
Having featured in both the 2-0 win at Manchester City and Monday night’s 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final success at Old Trafford, Sanchez feels Arsenal are demonstrating the right qualities to push the best teams for silverware.
“It was a very physically demanding game, a box to box one,” the 26-year-old said of the win over Manchester United.
“I got back home both happy and exhausted. The team played the game with a great attitude and with a genuine spirit to win it from the very first minute. We never put our head down against a top club like Manchester United. That attitude gave us the victory.
“We also played like that away at Manchester City. We showed a great winning mentality that day. If we add that to the very talented squad we have we will be able to beat anyone.
“The Champions League race is all down to us. If we want to stay in the top four or climb some places on the table we must maintain the winning mentality. I always say that mentality is a crucial aspect in a football environment. If a footballer goes on the pitch with the right mentality he will perform well.”
Things Alexis does well…
He brings out the best in his teammates…
3 – All three Kieran Gibbs assists in the Premier League this season have been for Alexis Sanchez. Combo.
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He scores and assists…
20 – Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 20 PL goals this season. Only Sergio Aguero (23) has been involved in more. Catalyst. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2015
He fights for the ball…
457 – Alexis Sanchez has contested more 50/50 duels than any other player in the Premier League this season. Dynamo.
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He looks sexy wiping soup from his chin (courtesy of GQ Style).