Arsene Wenger’s ‘Plan A’ has finally come through; Alexis Sanchez is, at long last, working out as the No.9 Arsenal have needed since Robin van Persie left for a Premier League winners’ medal.
Three braces in the league, so far this season for the Chilean international; all-action displays; leading by example and angering Olivier Giroud in the process. It all feels a lot more like the former Barcelona man’s debut season in north London.
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There’s an air of invincibility about Alexis, at the moment, and the striker can do no wrong; as proven by the fact the forward plucked a football out of the air, that was travelling quicker than Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin combined: 88-miles-per-hour.
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This ‘viral’ and self-proclaimed #unreal videos that clubs put together are all well and good. However, could Sanchez do it without the immaculate turf, Premier League quality football boots and a cannon with a fixed setting? Get ol’ Sanchez doing it with boots that are either too big or missing a stud, whilst it’s pissing down at the local park and having balls fired at him from ‘Big Dave’ the local alcoholic who plays for the nearby Sunday League outfit.
Now *that* would be impressive.
Alexis Sanchez has revealed his all-time best XI
GK – Oliver Kahn
The German icon may well look like a rock with a face on, but that didn't stop him being one of the finest ever goalies.
Sanchez threw the Bayern Munich man between the sticks for his desire and hunger to save every ball.
LB – Roberto Carlos
Surely the Brazilian banana-shot specialist makes every single all-time XI?
RB – Cafu
Of course the other iconic Brazilian full-back was going to be here. Included by the Arsenal man for attributes he holds close to his heart, all-out attacking play.
CB – Carles Puyol
The inspirational Barcelona leader, who inspires all around him - shame he couldn't inspire Sanchez to have more of an impact at the Nou Camp.
CB – Paolo Maldini
The epitome of what a centre-back should be. Imagine if Puyol and Maldini ever played together!
2011 – Xavi
Always the bridesmaid never the bride.
CM – Ronaldinho
Sanchez described the Brazilian master along the lines of 'A magician who spreads joy' - and we cannot agree more.
CAM – Diego Maradona
Sanchez clearly isn't put off by the fact the Argentine now looks like an extra from Narcos.
RW – Lionel Messi
Of course you knew he'd be there.
LW – Pele
Always amazes me when Pele gets in all-time XIs - the bloke just randomly plucks numbers out of the air for the number of goals he has scored: "Oh, and don't forget the 17 I scored down the park when I was 6."
Anyway, Sanchez rates the Brazilian, and has given him a free role on the left-wing.
ST – Ronaldo
'The Phenomenon' would lead Sanchez's line; a player he believes is the best of all-time.