Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez’s physical prowess, and ability to shake off fatigue, is ‘remarkable’, and has compared his playing style with a lion.
The Chilean broke an 8-game goal drought with a double against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, in what was his 4306th game of the calendar year so far.
A normal player might well be tired, having traversed the Atlantic the previous week to play two gruelling World Cup qualifiers, but the Arsenal manager is still astonished at the way he can shake off the effects of football and travel to operate at a high level for the Gunners.
“His resistance is remarkable,” he said. “What is also remarkable is that he goes to South America to play, he comes back on Thursday night and on Saturday he can play without a problem, even if he’s jet-lagged.
“I take information, especially from the medical people who know him and treat him everyday and after, we look at his overall recovery as well.
“When there are alarming signs, we want to make the right decision at the right moment but as long as the guys are confident, they score goals – it is always difficult to rest them.”
Touching on the way he plays, Wenger said, “His style is very explosive, it’s a very committed style. Jamie Vardy is a bit similar. When they go, they go. They are like the lion. He has to catch the animal in the first 200 metres. If he doesn’t get there, he’s dead afterwards.
“They are these kind of killers. When they go, it is to kill and after, they have to stop.”
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