Arsène Wenger says everybody admires Alexis Sanchez's “infectious” enthusiasm.

The Chile international has already scored 18 goals in his debut season for Arsenal but has also received plaudits for his incredible work-rate.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash against Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini said Alexis is the best player in the Premier League - and Wenger could not agree more.

His game is always full of enthusiasm and of a desire to do well, to take people on and to fight to get the ball back

Arsène Wenger

“It is a great compliment because Pellegrini knows football well, he is a specialist,” the Arsenal manager said. “I agree with him that at the moment, Alexis is one of the best performing players in the Premier League.

“He is full of energy and full of enthusiasm as well, which is fantastically refreshing when you see the number of games he played. He is always keen to go out and play.

“What everybody admires with him as well is that when he plays. His game is always full of enthusiasm and of a desire to do well, to take people on and to fight to get the ball back. It is infectious and it is fantastic.

“There are some other great players in the Premier League but [Alexis and Sergio Aguero] are two of the [best]. I think in the last year Aguero has suffered from being a bit in and out but of course he is a world-class player.”

Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring against Stoke City
Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring against Stoke City

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Max Jones 16 Jan 2015