After Alexis Sanchez spoke about how he viewed his qualities on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsene Wenger has backed the Chilean’s ambition and says it’s down to the player to prove it.
Speaking during the week, Sanchez said, “I do not feel inferior to anybody. I liken [my qualities] to Messi and Ronaldo. I have the same abilities as them.”
And when it was put to him at today’s press conference, the Arsenal manager said that was the kind of attitude he likes to see.
“It is good to have that kind of ambition to be the best,” he said. “He has the potential and the quality, but it is just up to him to show that. I hope Alexis can do that.”
“That’s what you want him to do, but Messi and Ronaldo have done that for years and the consistency of their performances speaks for them.
“Alexis is ambitious and is the sort of guy that wants to win every game.”
If he could produce a season that came anywhere close to what those two do on a regular basis for their clubs, that would be very welcome indeed.