Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez


A sensational debut season at Arsenal for Alexis was crowned by a stunning long-range goal in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.

It was the Chilean forward’s 25th goal in all competitions, and he was duly named the club’s Player of the Season and selected for the PFA Premier League Team of the Season after an incredible first campaign in England.

Alexis Profile

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

The dynamic forward, who can play in wide or central attacking positions, impressed with his immense ability and clinical finishing, all allied to an effervescent approach to the sport.

His first goal for the club was crucial – he scored the winner in the Champions League play-off against Besiktas and then never looked back. A vast showreel of stunning strikes followed, notably an acrobatic volley against Manchester City, a long- range curler against Borussia Dortmund and a perfect free-kick against Southampton.

Equipped with a tireless work-rate, Alexis spent three years at Barcelona before arriving in north London. During his time with the Catalan club, Alexis (full name Alexis Alejandro Sanchez Sanchez but known by his first name) scored 47 times and won the Spanish league title, the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Having made his international debut as a 17 year old in 2006, Alexis has played in two World Cups and scored the winning penalty as Chile won the Copa America for the first time in 2015.

He began his career at Cobreloa and also played for Colo Colo on loan before moving to Italy with Udinese, via a loan spell with River Plate in Argentina.

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 5 + 1 4 1 1 1 0 50 + 2 25
2015-2016 13 + 1 6 5 3 0 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 18 + 2 9
Total 47 + 2 22 14 7 5 + 1 4 1 + 1 1 1 0 68 + 4 34

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15


Alexis did not feature for Arsenal in July after scoring the winning penalty as Chile lifted the Copa America.


Alexis featured in all of Arsenal’s league games in August, coming off the bench against West Ham before starting against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Newcastle. Speaking ahead of the Liverpool game, Arsene Wenger said: “He is already better than when he arrived. In his final finishing there is room for improvement, in his final ball he is already much better, his vision is quite good and incisive.”


Alexis played six times during September, and scored his first hat-trick for Arsenal at Leicester City as he registered four goals and two assists in a month. Speaking after the Chile forward’s man-of-the-match performance at King Power Stadium, Arsene Wenger said: “He is back to his level. He won a big competition with Chile. I think as well mentally to adjust to the game on a mental level takes some time. I could see in training a different player and he has shown that. I believe going forward he always looked dangerous.”


Alexis played five times during October. The winger was in fine form for the month and scored three times with two goals against Manchester United and an important goal at Watford. Speaking after the game against Manchester United, Arsene Wenger said: “Everybody was very good today. Alexis was very efficient on top of that.”


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."


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.


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.”


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.”


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.”


Alexis started all six of Arsenal’s May fixtures, scoring twice against Hull City before claiming a goal and an assist in the FA Cup final as he lifted his first major trophy with the Gunners. The Chile forward was also voted PFA Fans’ Player of the Season and won Arsenal’s Goal of the Month poll for April with his unstoppable strike against Liverpool. “He is not missing a lot of qualities!” Arlene Wenger said. "He has just been voted player of the year by the fans because he is very positive, who always wants to go forward, wants to hurt the opponent and he is also - what the fans like with him - a fighter. He is a guy who has a good combination of talent, combative aspect and fighting spirit. That is why he is liked by everybody here.”