Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was convinced that Alexis Sanchez would find the net with his stunning free-kick against Southampton last month.

The Chile international caught the eye in September and was voted Vitality Player of the Month as well as topping the club's Goal of the Month poll for his volley against Manchester City.

But it was another sensational Alexis strike that stood out for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"Moments of brilliance like that which show his quality but he also works harder than I’ve seen anyone work"

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

“Alexis is a brilliant player and he does stuff that really does surprise you and you think, ‘how has he got out of that one?’,” he told Arsenal Player. “And, like against Southampton, he’ll step up and put a free-kick in the top corner.

“To be fair, I knew he was going to do that because in the warm-up he had four in a row in front of a lot of fans. When he stood up to take the free-kick in the game I said to Kieran, ‘this is going in, you should have seen him in the warm-up’, and he put it top corner.

“It’s moments of brilliance like that [which show his quality] but at the same time he works harder than I think I’ve seen anyone work. He is so skilful but he also does the defensive work up front and sets the tone.”

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