Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez

Alexis

Chile international striker Alexis joined Arsenal in July 2014.

The exciting forward signed from Barcelona, where he made a total of 88 appearances and scored 39 goals during his three seasons with the Catalan side.

Alexis Profile

Born December 19, 1988
Tocopilla, Chile
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Previous Club(s) Cobreloa, Colo-Colo, River Plate, Udinese, Barcelona

With Barcelona, Sanchez won both La Liga (2012/13) and the Copa del Rey (2012), as well as the Spanish Super Cup on two occasions (2011, 2013), the Uefa Super Cup (2011) and the Fifa Club World Cup (2011).

Regarded as one of the world’s finest talents, Sanchez played a starring role at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where Chile qualifyied from their group (which included the Netherlands, Spain and Australia) and reaching the round of 16. During the tournament, Sanchez scored two goals from his four appearances.

The striker started his career with Cobreloa, based in Calama in north Chile, where he spent a season before moving to Santiago-based Colo-Colo, where he won the Chilean Primera Division in 2007.

After convincing performances in Chile between 2005 and 2007, Sanchez went on loan to Argentine side River Plate, where he added the Argentinian Primera Division to his honours.

Following his success in South America, Sanchez made a permanent move to Serie A side Udinese in 2008, where he spent three seasons, scoring 20 goals from 95 appearances, before making the move to Barcelona in 2011.

Alexis's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 34 + 1 16 9 4 4 + 1 3 1 1 1 0 49 + 2 24
Total 34 + 1 16 9 4 4 + 1 3 1 1 1 0 49 + 2 24

My Year

  • 2014/15

August

Chile international Alexis made a bright start to his Arsenal career after signing from Barcelona in the summer. He scored the winner against Besiktas to take the club into the Champions League group stage and netted his first Premier League goal away to Leicester City four days later. The 25-year-old also provided the assist for Laurent Koscielny's equaliser against Crystal Palace, while Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the forward after his winner against Besiktas. "He had a good game, not only on the technical side but on the fighting side,” the manager said. "He was mobile, dangerous and has shown as well he has great fighting spirit, qualities that will be very important in the Premier League."

September

Alexis’ goalscoring form continued after he scored a thunderous volley against Manchester City, before curling an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner against Southampton. He featured in all five of the Gunners’ September matches and has quickly become a fan favourite. Ahead of the Spurs game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “Alexis played 90 minutes the other day and he’s usually on second-day recovery but today he really wanted to train and people had to tell him to take it easy. He knew we had a massive game coming up this weekend.”

October

Alexis was voted Vitality Player of the Month for September and staked his claim for October’s award. The summer arrival demonstrated how quickly he’s adapted to the pace of the Premier League with three goals and an assist, plus a goal and assist in the Champions League against Galatasaray. “His confidence is high,” Mikel Arteta told Arsenal Player after the Sunderland game. “Physically he's better, you can see that by the runs he was making in the 93rd minute, [when he] chased the keeper and kept going. That's all about him - he wants to keep going, he wants to improve and he's doing very well.”

November

Alexis continued to impress in November. The Chile forward played every single minute for Arsenal and scored five goals in six games, including a brace against Burnley. Alexis also scored a goal in each of Chile’s friendlies against Venezuela and Uruguay. The forward capped off a memorable start to life in north London after Gunners fans voted him Arsenal’s Player of the Month for October. “Alexis is a great player and he gives so much to the team, not only offensively but also defensively,” Mathieu Flamini told Arsenal Player after the Burnley win. "He works very hard and that’s very important for us because getting the ball back very quickly when the game is open makes all the difference. He’s a great finisher, has a great spirit and we’re all really excited that he’s with us.”

December

Alexis completed a hat-trick of Vitality Player of the Month awards when he won the accolade for November. The Chile forward continued to demonstrate why he has become an instant fan favourite with Gunners worldwide after scoring two more goals and claiming four assists in six December matches.

January

Alexis scored three times in four of Arsenal’s January games, including a brace against Stoke City, and also claimed two assists. Speaking ahead of the Brighton & Hove Albion game, Theo Walcott said: “He is amazing because he spots things that a lot of players won’t. I tend to make my runs off the ball and he is always looking for that. He drags more players on to him, which creates more space for other people, and I do the same thing.”

February

Alexis missed the first two games of February through injury but returned to feature in the remaining four, claiming an assist in the FA Cup victory against Middlesbrough.

March

Alexis played in all six of Arsenal’s games in March, completing 90 minutes on three occasions, and scored in the 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers. Speaking ahead of the West Ham United game, the Chile forward said: “I’m well adapted to the country and the league - I must keep on learning, though. I want to expand my knowledge of English football in general and Arsenal and my team-mates in particular, but overall I love this league. At the end of the day, football was invented in this country, right? I live where football was invented. That makes me really happy.”

April

Alexis was one of Arsenal’s star performers in April. The Chile forward claimed three goals and an assist in an impressive month, including a brace that secured the Gunners’ return to Wembley for the FA Cup final. Alexis’ month ended with him being named in the PFA Team of the Year. “It hasn’t been really easy but so far my spell here is a really positive one,” the 26-year-old said. “I like the city a lot and I feel really comfortable at the club. Supporters here are very cheerful and enlivening, which is a very nice thing.”