Arsene Wenger has revealed he text his congratulations to Alexis Sanchez immediately after the striker had secured the Copa America for Chile.
The Arsenal man’s cheeky Panenka penalty in the shootout victory over Argentina ended his country’s 99-year wait for the title; a feat that put a smile on the face of the boss.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about the achievement, Wenger praised Alexis’ strength under pressure and disclosed the 26-year-old is already eyeing more silverware next season.
“They [Chile] had quite a comfortable lead when he took the penalty but I was a bit worried because he missed one with us.
“He has shown again that he is scared of nothing. He took the ball and chipped the keeper. It was quite audacious but I was of course over the moon to see him bring the trophy to a country that has waited for such a long time.
“It is an historic achievement and when you’re a football player, you want to do that, so I’m very happy for him.
“I texted him [after the final] and he texted me back. He was already focused on next season with Arsenal and wants to win everything with us. He was thrilled and very happy.”
The boss also confirmed that Alexis will miss the Community Shield game with Chelsea on 2 August as he’ll still be on holiday.
The attacker has been granted four weeks rest before he joins his teammates in training ahead of the Premier League opener with West Ham.