Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez is continuing to improve tactically and hailed the instinctive attacking qualities that have brought the Chilean ten goals this season.
For the first time in his Arsenal career the 27-year-old has been fielded consistently as the focal point of the Gunners attack and has reaped the benefits, most recently in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth in which be bagged a brace.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about the progression Alexis has made since moving to the Emirates, Arsene Wenger touched on how his star’s will to win and eagerness to make things happen on the pitch makes him a natural striker.
“I think Alexis adds to his game a desire to fight for the team and as well, he’s a winner, he wants to win the game and he does what it takes to win the game,” said Wenger.
“I believe on a tactical front he has improved much more, he works much more for the team and when it’s needed during games, he works very hard for the team.
“I think he has improved a lot on [running effectively]. He’s more conscious of his responsibilities and he is an intelligent player. He understands what he has to do and I believe he’s more willing to help the team.
“He has the instinct of a real striker,” added the boss. “He wants to hit you, he wants to go at you. When he gets the ball, he runs forward and he runs at any defender. He shows, maybe sometimes to excess, that dribbling quality is an important quality for a striker.
“It’s his game and you do not want to take that out of his game. His dribbling is provocative, it’s not retention, it’s provocative, to create damage.”
[Insert line usual line about us tying down Alexis to a long-term contract because he’s pretty good at football and has cool dogs.]